Earlier this summer, veteran forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute signed a one-year deal with the Kings, one of the four teams he’s played for in his seven-year NBA career. Just days later, the Kings voided Mbah a Moute’s contract after he failed a physical. Mbah a Moute and the players’ union are not happy about this, and they’re going to take action.
The NBPA is planning to file the grievance to the NBA early next week , league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Mbah a Moute has been meeting with NBPA executive director Michele Roberts in Johannesburg this week, where Mbah a Moute, a Cameroon native, has been medically cleared to play for Team Africa against Team World in the first NBA exhibition game in Africa.
Mbah a Moute signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal with Sacramento on July 14 – only two days later to have Kings officials inform him that concerns over his right shoulder had caused the franchise to void the deal, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Mbah a Moute’s representatives at Wasserman Media Group and NBPA officials, armed with independent medical examinations that produced playing clearances, are disputing the legitimacy of the Kings’ process and the findings to declare a failed physical, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
It will be interesting to see how this is resolved once Roberts and the NBPA file their grievance. If Mbah a Moute is medically cleared to play in an NBA-sanctioned exhibition game in August, chances are he’ll be fine when training camp starts. If he doesn’t end up in Sacramento, someone else will pick him up. He’s a talented and versatile defender and could help plenty of teams off the bench.