While the Sacramento Kings are still reportedly trying to lure Monta Ellis, to do so they’d need to either make a trade or amnesty John Salmons. Amnestying Salmons probably isn’t their desired plan (and still probably isn’t enough cash for Ellis), but it is an option, which is one (though not all) of the reasons the Kings went out and acquired Luc Richard Mbah a Moute from the Milwaukee Bucks this afternoon.
CBS’ Ken Berger was the first to report the deal:
The Bucks have agreed to trade Luc Richard Mbah a Moute to Sacramento for draft picks, league sources tell
So what was the price? In short, a second round pick in 2016 and the ability to swap their second round pick in 2018, if the Bucks so incline. Pretty cheap, eh?
Granted, Mbah a Moute isn’t exactly a name that will set the world on fire but as solid defender from the small forward spot, he’s far more valuable than a second round pick in 2016 – especially since the Kings just acquired a handful of second round picks in the Vasquez/Lopez/Evans trade with the New Orleans Pelicans and Portland Trail Blazers.
Mbah a Moute should all but nail down Travis Outlaw to the bench and may challenge John Salmons, assuming he’s still a member of the Kings come October, for a starting position.
The small forward will make $4.5 million this season, $4.3 million in 2014-15.