The Minnesota Timberwolves traded former No. 2 overall draft pick Derrick Williams to the Sacramento Kings for power forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute. In theory, this is a good trade because Mbah a Moute is supposed to be a defensive specialist who is capable of handling the league’s top offensive threats. Unfortunately, the reality is the Timberwolves got robbed, as Mbah a Moute has never lived up to his role.
Some can make the case that Williams hasn’t lived up to the hype either, which makes this trade nothing more than two teams taking a gamble. The Kings need more offense in the frontcourt so they acquired Williams. The truth is Sacramento is probably thrilled to get rid of Mbah a Moute, just as the Milwaukee Bucks were when they traded him to the Kings in the offseason. Meanwhile, Minnesota is convinced that Mbah a Moute will fix some of their defensive issues.
“Luc is known as one of the premier defensive players in the league with an ability to guard multiple positions,” Timberwolves president Flip Saunders said in a statement, according to the team’s website. “He adds a lot of energy, grit and a high basketball IQ to our team. We thank Derrick for his contributions to our organization and wish him well in Sacramento.”
The jury is still out on Williams’ potential as he is just in his third-year in the NBA. He certainly has shown flashes of success, which was enough for Sacramento to believe he could make a difference on their roster.
It makes sense why Minnesota wanted to move on from Williams because he simply didn’t fit into the offense very well. Not to mention, there were reports that he began to clash with Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman. As much as the organization wanted to get rid of Williams, I have to imagine there was a better option than taking a chance on an aging veteran with no offensive game.