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Report: Bucks to trade Luc Richard Mbah a Moute to Kings

Jul 9, 2013, 3:58 PM EDT

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Mirza Teletovic, Jerry Stackhouse AP

If Luc Richard Mbah a Moute’s knees can hold up the Kings have found themselves a nice fit at the three. But that’s a big if.

The Sacramento Kings have acquired Mbah a Moute from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for a couple second round picks (2016 and 2018), something first reported by Ken Berger of and now confirmed by other sources. Mbah a Moute has two years at a total of just under $9 million left on his deal.

This move seems to signal the Kings are out of the Monta Ellis running, but there is nothing final there. Atlanta and Dallas are the other suitors for Ellis.

When healthy Mbah a Moute is one of the better wing defenders in the NBA, and the Kings had a terrible defense so this would be a big upgrade. However, he has missed 47 games the last two seasons due to his knee. Even when he has been on the court he hasn’t been the same defender.

Mbah a Moute has never been much of an offensive threat but he did improve to shoot 35.1 percent from three last season. If he can develop a good catch-and-shoot three he has much more value.

In the end this all is a gamble on the health of Mbah a Moute’s knee. If it is right this is a great get for the Kings at a low price. If not there is not a ton of value anymore, which is why the Bucks took on a second round pick for him.

In Milwaukee, just acquired Carlos Delfino may have just seen his minutes increase.

  1. dirtydavis - Jul 9, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Kings are a Joke!

    • loubearkane - Jul 9, 2013 at 5:28 PM

      This is a great pick up by SAC

  2. dezglobal - Jul 9, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    cool name

  3. jjthesportsguy - Jul 9, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Very hard worker and a good guy to have as a role player. Key term being role player. The Bucks had him starting, and while he is an elite defender when healthy, his lack of an offensive game really limits any team that is going to give him 30+ minutes a game.

    I think Luc Richard is one of few guys that can slow LeBron down(not stop him) when healthy. This story hits the nail on the head. I think Luc Richard would benefit from some time off from the basketball stress on his knee. Hopefully he takes it easy this offseason while still staying in shape. It’s tough to see such a good defender leave Milwaukee, but I’m hoping Ilyasova rather than Delfino gets many of Luc Richard’s minutes at the 3/4 position.

  4. htownred34 - Jul 9, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    One of the best defenders when healthy, I’ve seen some games where he can absolutely shut down the opponents best player.

  5. skinsfanwill - Jul 9, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    This just shows how bad defenders are nowadays. This guy is serviceable on the defensive end. He is in NO WAY a great defender. Lebron would drop 50 on him if he wanted to. He is a hard worker though. But please stop overrating these bums.

    Milwaukee better get a clue on the type of team they are trying to build. WTF did they sign Pachulia for? They have no guards. Delfino might be the point guard….(dying laughing at this joke of an organization)

  6. jcmeyer10 - Jul 9, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    Turns out the guy who stitches the names on the backs of the Bucks jersey’s was the one who requested the trade.

  7. muskyhunter2542 - Jul 9, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    I like is game. As a Bucks fan im sad to see him go.

  8. 00maltliquor - Jul 9, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Bucks sure do love them some 2nd round picks, huh

    • jcmeyer10 - Jul 9, 2013 at 5:42 PM

      They’re stockpiling em like they are an NFL team.

      • patfic15 - Jul 9, 2013 at 8:10 PM

        No joke. What the hell do you get in the 2nd round of an NBA draft? Especially the past few years. Sucks to be the Bucks.

  9. bellerophon30 - Jul 9, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Why oh why would a Kings team with Ben McLemore and Marcus Thornton even be thinking about Monta Ellis? And if you want Ellis for the kind of money that he’s asking for, why not just keep Evans?

    So this trade is saving them from themselves. Good ole Kings.

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 9, 2013 at 6:41 PM

      Exactly! Someone had to point out the elephant in the room. They can use a real SF. Not another SG, aaahhhh…the Sacramento Queens….

  10. kanemoney - Jul 10, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    He’s a great big man – good pickup for the Kings.

  11. abqpacker - Jul 10, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    FWIW, this guy was a 2nd round pick himself. So to get a couple decent years out of him and then trade him for a couple picks is not terrible.

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