This move is a no-brainer for both teams. Minnesota is making a big push for the playoffs this year in hopes of keeping franchise forward Kevin Love happy, and adding a solid veteran like Mbah a Moute will definitely help in that regard.
The Kings will move anybody not named Demarcus Cousins or Ben McLemore, and are looking at three things when it comes to potential trades: Young talent, expiring contracts, and draft picks.
The Kings get a young, undeveloped talent in this exchange.
Derrick Williams, a former number two-overall pick, struggled to get off Rick Adelman’s bench, and one would assume he will have every opportunity to earn consistent minutes under Kings Head Coach Michael Malone.
Should Williams not pan out in Sacramento, he is only under contract thru the 2014-2015 season. Mbah a Moute’s contract expires in the same year, so the Kings are basically rolling the dice in hopes of developing Williams, while not harming their long-term salary cap flexibility in the process.
Overall, I like this trade very much. Kudos to Kings GM Pete D’Alessandro on being aggressive and taking a chance on a potential diamond in the rough with this move.