The Minnesota Timberwolves haven't had great success with number two picks in the NBA Draft. After trading for Darko Milicic and re-signing him to a $20 million contract, they ended up amnestying him because he couldn't crack the rotation or stay in shape. After trading for Michael Beasley, they weren't able to make him a part of the game plan and ended up letting him walk without tendering a qualifying offer.
They selected Derrick Williams with the second pick in the 2011 Draft and haven't been able to find a spot for him in two-plus seasons under Rick Adelman. They have Kevin Love at his natural position and he's not capable of playing the small forward position. Because of this, they've been looking to move him. The Associated Press is reporting a trade has been agreed upon between the Wolves and Kings sending Williams to Sacramento and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute to Minnesota.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are trading former No. 2 overall draft pick Derrick Williams to the Sacramento Kings for Luc Mbah a Moute.
Two person with knowledge of the deal say the agreement was reached on Monday night. The people requested anonymity because neither team has officially announced the deal.
The Wolves have been looking for more defenders that can be versatile in defending multiple positions. Mbah a Moute would certainly give them that as he can defend both forward positions. However, it would be selling awfully low on a No. 2 pick just a few years ago.
For the Kings, it seems like a no-brainer on their end. If it's a straight up swap for the two players, they're selling a rotation player on a guy that could see a big improvement from moving to the power forward position next to DeMarcus Cousins. Williams showed improvement last season but that was when Love was out for 64 games.