ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard reports via Twitter that Sacramento has traded two second-round picks to acquire veteran combo forward Luc Mbah a Moute from Milwaukee, a move that answers two questions I have posed on Rumor Central this afternoon: What will the Kings do at small forward and how will the Bucks manage their overly deep frontcourt?
For one, the subtraction of Mbah a Moute frees up additional playing time for both Ersan Ilyasova and John Henson in Milwaukee, which is a good thing, as well as the nearly $9 million owed to Mbah a Moute over the next two seasons. And in Sacramento, the idea of using the amnesty clause on veteran John Salmons just became a little more real.
Salmons had been the only small forward remaining on the Kings roster, with Tyreke Evans taking his talents to New Orleans, and if amnestied the Kings can gain $7.58 million in cap space this season. While Mbah a Moute isn't the 3-pointer shooting forward that would have helped, he brings defense and rebounding to a team desperately in need of both and seems to be a perfect fit for new coach Mike Malone's defensive style.
After the move, the Kings now have a projected rotation that looks something like this: Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Thornton, Mbah a Moute, Carl Landry and DeMarcus Cousins as the starters. Greivis Vasquez, Ben McLemore, Jimmer Fredette, Jason Thompson and Patrick Patterson as the primary reserves. If Salmons is retained, he'd serve as the backup small forward. Look for the Kings to now seek out a backup center with former King Samuel Dalembert (who played last season in Milwaukee) being one possibility.
Here's how our ESPN Insider Kevin Pelton graded the trade for Bucks and the Kings.