According to Charles F. Gardner, the Milwaukee Bucks will match the Denver Nuggets four year, $19 million offer sheet signed today by forward Luc Mbah a Moute.
Mbah a Moute has averaged 6.7 points and 5.6 rebounds in three seasons for the Bucks after being a second round pick out of UCLA in 2009.
At media day, Andrew Bogut mentioned that he loved playing with Mbah a Moute.
“I love playing with Luc,” Bogut said. “People always question his offensive liabilities, but the guy still averaged six or seven points and five rebounds a game. Most importantly, he’s on their best player every game. I read last night online he’s the best on ball defender, not just me saying it, but statistically someone did a stat and he’s the best on ball defender in the league.”
Bogut went on.
“I think it’s a no-brainer in Scott Skiles system that we should resign him. Obviously, the x-factor is how much he signs for, what the offer sheet is that we have to match, obviously we have salary cap restrictions and I just hope it works out.”
Coach Skiles was quiet on the topic of Mbah a Moute’s contract situation at media day, only saying that the team loved Luc and and was working to get him back. General Manager John Hammond had been outspoken on the topic of Mbah a Moute’s free agency in recent weeks. He recently spoke with NBA.com’s David Aldridge about the topic:
“We think Luc is more valued here playing under Scott Skiles and his system than he would be anywhere else in the league. We know the value of that, and we plan to have him here as a member of the organization”
Mbah a Moute’s value at times can be his undoing. His versatility has allowed him to start 166 of 234 games over his three years with the Bucks, but it has seemed to be something that’s allowed the Bucks to shuffle him around between the two, three and four. Some players can defend threes and fours, but Mbah a Moute at one point last season spent time on Roy Hibbert and later in the season guarded Chris Paul. It’s not just that he’s done that, as Coach Skiles has noted before, it’s that he excels at this.
And it looks like he’ll be doing it for the Bucks for a while.
Jeremy Schmidt writes the Milwaukee Bucks blog Bucksketball.com. Follow him on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.