Luc Mbah a Moute asks around to see what's up (Getty Images)
The Milwaukee Bucks very well could be onto something here. The team could follow this particular deal by using the amnesty clause on Drew Gooden, clearing over $11 million in payroll space along the way, which could go along the way toward cap space that could be used to sign a potential starter.
Or, they could be confusing us all over again.
“This particular deal” involves defensive mastermind Luc Mbah a Moute being sent to the Sacramento Kings for a second round pick in 2016, and a second round pick in 2018. The newest Kings forward is a defensive stopper, a long-armed hybrid forward working on a very reasonable contract (Luc will be paid just under $9 million over the next two seasons), and he won’t turn 27 until later this summer.
Unless the Bucks are clearing salary for a major move – whether this means gutting where it can to accept salary in some sort of sign and trade featuring Monta Ellis or Brandon Jennings, or signing a player outright – this seems like another terrible move for Milwaukee. It’s true that the Bucks were going nowhere, slowly, with Mbah a Moute. And second round picks, in this NBA economy, are to be valued.
The problem here is that you trade for second round picks in the hopes of finding a gem like Luc Mbah a Moute.
I’m not overvaluing Luc. At his best he’s your weak link as a go-to defender on a great team. On a middling team? You’d prefer him to come off the bench in reserve of a top of the line scorer. He’s quite tradeable, and in a lot of ways replaceable.
Are the Bucks planning on replacing him? Until they do – or until we find out that they’re trying – we’ll reserve judgment. As the deal stands, though, this could be another massive whiff for Bucks general manager John Hammond. And a fine pickup for newly-instated Kings GM Pete D’Alessandro.
Get crankin’, John. Because something has to come after this … right?
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