Luc Mbah a Moute spent an entire nine games with the Sacramento Kings before he was traded to Minnesota two seasons ago. Then last summer the Timberwolves used him as a salary balancing bit part of the three-team Kevin Love trade, and Mbah a Moute ended up in Philadelphia. There he played relatively well for a season — relative to the rest of the Sixers roster, we mean. At least he was a professional that hustled every time he was on the court and understood how to play the game.
Now the Cameroonian forward is looking for a new landing spot, and it may be Sacramento, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
Free agent forward Luc Mbah a Moute progressing on a deal with the Sacramento Kings, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
This is likely a league minimum deal or something close to it.
The Kings have the athletic but raw and inexperienced Willie Cauley-Stein at the four, they could use a professional, veteran, mentor for him and Mbah a Moute can provide that. That said, Mbah a Moute may have averaged 9.9 points a game last season in Philly, but he isn’t going to get the touches to do that in Sacramento. He’d have to take a smaller role.
Apparently he’s ready to do that.
Report: Sixers’ Joel Embiid to have another foot surgery, could miss entire next season
The 7-footer will have a second surgery after the latest setback in the healing of his right foot, according to several NBA sources. The team will decide whether to have it in North Carolina or at the New York Hospital of Special Surgery
“I would say there’s a great possibility that Embiid won’t play next year,” the source said. “Just think how long they sat him when they thought he was healthy.”
Whatever the case could this now be career threatening? Maybe. Sixers fans have reason to be concerned. Chronic foot issues and NBA big men — whose job requires running up and down a hardwood floor — are a terrible mix.
The Sixers drafted Jahlil Okafor with the No. 3 pick this year and he will play along the front line with Nerlens Noel (who sat out his first year after knee surgery but played last season). Those two with Embiid could have made a formidable front line rotation for years to come.
Now you have to wonder if we’ll ever see it.
Jerami Grant had one heck of a summer-league dunk (video)
Dario Saric was selected with the 12th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, but the plan was for him to remain in Europe for at least two more seasons.
That’s probably part of the reason the rebuilding Sixers traded for him on draft night, given their propensity for selecting players who aren’t ready to contribute to the team’s win total in the immediate future.
Saric, however, was ready to make the jump now. But he couldn’t get out of his current contract in order to make that happen.
“Saric told people he wanted to join Philadelphia now, but couldn’t because his contract had no out-clause,” a source told Basketball Insiders.
Despite the Sixers’ late push to bring him over as soon as possible, negotiations with Turkish finalist Anadolu Efes failed to materialize. Saric is handcuffed overseas until 2016, but it was clear, sources familiar with his wishes said, that he wanted to join Philadelphia.
I asked Saric for his thoughts about moving to the U.S. and the situation with his Turkish club.
“It’s really hard for me to answer that,” Saric said. “I can’t comment.”
Tanking jokes aside, the Sixers did seem to want to add Saric to the roster this season. It’s time to start developing all that young talent in order to begin to turn things around — even though the 6’10” power forward is a duplication of sorts, alongside Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid and the newly-drafted Jahlil Okafor.