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Derrick Williams for Luc Richard Mbah a Moute trade agreed to in principle

Nov 25, 2013, 7:46 PM EDT

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We have told you before that Minnesota was shopping around Derrick Williams, looking for a team that wanted to take a chance on his potential and was willing to give up a steadier veteran in return.

Hello Sacramento Kings.

The Timberwolves and Kings have agreed in principle to  a trade that would send Williams to Sacramento in exchange for Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, according to multiple reports. This story was reported Marc Stein of ESPN. Those two can be traded for each other straight up, although it is possible other players or picks could end up part of the final package.

The only thing holding this up is Mbah a Moute passing a physical (he has knee issues), reports Marc Spears at Yahoo.

This trade has some logic for both sides, and not just reuniting UCLA teammates Kevin Love and Mbah a Moute.

Minnesota is in a win now mode and while statistically they have a Top 10 defense it has shown cracks in the past week. Mbah a Moute is still a strong man-on-man defender, someone the Timberwolves could lean on to get stops with the second unit and in specific matchups when they need him. He’s not going to bring much offense (although he seems to be back to his career averages after a rough last season). Mbah a Moute would have a much more defined role in Minnesota, which likely benefits him.

Williams, the former No. 2 pick, is an athletic tweener that put up decent numbers last season when Kevin Love was out (7.5 points and 8.1 rebounds a game), but now Love is back and there is no real fit for him. Williams is not a defender, doesn’t create good shots for himself and is not an efficient scorer in the Minnesota offense. With the Kings he could get a real chance, what he does with that remains to be seen.

  1. JHathwell - Nov 25, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    The continuing storyline of watching a bunch of presumably smart basketball men try to build a professional Basketball team around Boogie Cousins.

    Really, it’s the most compelling thing going in the NBA these days.

  2. legend30 - Nov 25, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Trade of the year! This compares to the James Harden trade — I’m stunned.

    • legend30 - Nov 25, 2013 at 10:09 PM

      Anthony Bennett = Derrick Williams 2.0

      • mikeymo74 - Nov 26, 2013 at 3:25 AM

        Williams was just a victim of David Kahn’s stupid draft strategy more than anything. He plays the same position as Kevin Love, so he was never going to get the minutes to develop there. He should get more a chance in Sacramento and I think he will be a productive player, though perhaps not the star he was drafted to be.

  3. cantcrack - Nov 25, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    Derrick Williams is a DTA guy. Defense, Threes???, Athleticism.

    • pacific123ocean - Nov 26, 2013 at 2:37 AM

      Derrick Williams plays NO defense

  4. asimonetti88 - Nov 25, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    Sounds like it’s a done deal.

  5. jimsjam33 - Nov 25, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Sacramento wins !

  6. mnwildfan15 - Nov 25, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Throw in The Jimmer and you have a deal.

  7. mnwildfan15 - Nov 25, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Throw in The Jimmer and you have a deal.

  8. jerdogthompson - Nov 25, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Sac wins on this trade, coming from a Clipper die hard. I’ve always liked Williams, watch him flourish in Sac. Mark this post.

  9. jammer73 - Nov 26, 2013 at 5:01 AM

    Derrick Williams for who? A no-name player with zero offense? Fantastic trade Flip, right out of Kahn’s play book.

    • tcclark - Nov 26, 2013 at 7:19 AM

      mbah a moute has been one of the top defenders in the NBA for years now. He’s basically the exact opposite of Monta Ellis (all d and no o)and yet Monta Ellis is well known and Mbah a moute is “a no-name player.” Mbah a moute is one of those guys that belongs on the All-defensive team every year but never gets the respect because he has little offense. This is actually a great trade for the T-Wolves. Derrick Williams is terrible at pretty much everything. He’s a lot of potential and pretty much nothing else. They traded garbage for someone who can actually contribute and contribute at a high level. They don’t need offense, they need defense.

    • unxpexted1 - Nov 26, 2013 at 8:40 AM

      this certainly doesn’t hurt MN at all. Williams hasn’t proven to a productive piece to their second unit. Trade him for someone that at least has one dominate skill.

    • brewdogg - Nov 26, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      Yeah, because the team that is 5th in the league in scoring, with two of the league’s top 10 scorers, and yet is playing .500 ball needs more offense…. Get off the Xbox and enter the real world. Williams is not going anywhere with the Wolves and will leave on his own to try to find the right fit. If it is bench scoring that you are worried about, I’m with Mnwildfan15 in saying get the Kings to throw Fredette in the deal, especially since Adelman appears to have no faith in Shved.

  10. Vindickative - Nov 26, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    The Capital City is abuzz in the wake of this blockbuster. This may be just the boost the Purple Reign needs to push past that elusive .250 barrier.

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