Luc Mbah a Moute, a 6-foot-8, defensive minded forward who rotated between the power and small positions for five years in Milwaukee, has been traded to the Sacramento Kings, according to a variety of tweets.
A number of reporters tweeted about this news, all with varying reports on just what exactly the Bucks would be getting back. They seemed to be tweeting the progress of the deal. So I’ll just give the credit to the reliable Charles F. Gardner, as he only tweeted once he had all of the details:
League source confirms #Bucks will trade Luc Richard Mbah a Moute to Sacramento for second-round picks in 2016 and 2018.
— cfgardner (@cf_gardner) July 9, 2013
Reports indicate the 2018 second round pick may be for the right to swap second round picks, but it isn’t really even worth the taking the time to care what’s going to happen to a second round pick in 2018 right now.
Mbah a Moute was due $4.6 million in 2013-14 and $4.4 million in 2014-15 in the last two years of a deal he signed with the Denver Nuggets in the summer of 2011. Milwaukee matched the deal and many suspected Mbah a Moute wasn’t thrilled about it. He went on to have a fairly strong season in 2011-12, fighting through injuries to produce the highest PER of his career (13.9) while still contributing on defense.
Milwaukee bulked up last off season, which forced Mbah a Moute out of what appeared to be his comfort zone at the power forward spot and out on the wing where his size was a real asset defensively, but his offensive game was ill-suited. The steadiest position switch of his career, a complete lack of basketball activity in the off season and a variety of ailments and illnesses last season all contributed to his worst season in Milwaukee.
He’ll get a clean slate in Sacramento and potentially a chance to move back to the power forward spot. The Bucks will get out from under a contract that was no bargain and open up a roster spot that could potentially be taken by a more offensively adept wing. Most post trade rumblings today have been to the effect that this won’t be the last move Milwaukee makes in addressing its wing situation.
Appropriately enough, Mbah a Moute is also Milwaukee’s last connection to its former success with second round picks. Mbah a Moute was selected with the 37 pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. He is the most recent successful Milwaukee second round draft pick and the final one in a decade that produced Ramon Sessions (2007), Ersan Ilyasova (2005), Dan Gadzuric (2002) and Michael Redd (2000) in the forgotten round. Bucks fans haven’t seen a great return in the past few seasons. The Bucks got little to no production out of Darington Hobson, Tiny Gallon and traded Doron Lamb, Jon Leuer and Jodie Meeks before any of them could log many valuable minutes in Milwaukee.
But John Hammond has now acquired three (possibly four if the second pick in this deal isn’t a swap) second round picks in the next three drafts this off season.