The Timberwolves and the Kings have completed a straight-up swap involving Derrick Williams and Luc Mbah a Moute. The move is anything but a shock; Williams has been on the block ever since his disappointing rookie season.
This trade might be the best thing for the young forward's career. After being selected 2nd overall behind Kyrie Irving in the 2011 draft, Williams has disappointed. So far this season, he is averaging 4.9 points and 2.4 rebounds a game in 14.7 minutes. He struggled to fit into Adelman's system and quickly lost the trust of his coach. Over the summer, it was reported that Adelman asked to Wolves not to trade Williams; less than a month into the season, Williams is headed elsewhere.
In Sacramento, Williams will join forces with a team of talented young players headlined by DeMarcus Cousins and Ben McLemore. It's a team likely headed for the lottery, and a team on which Williams will get his opportunities to prove that he is worthy of the No. 2 pick. He and Cousins are joined in the frontcourt by Patrick Patterson and Jason Thompson, who have both earned minutes under head coach Mike Malone.
As for the Timberwolves, they get a wily veteran in Luc Mbah a Moute to solidify their perimeter defense and provide leadership to this young team.
From Flip Saunders, T-Wolves president of basketball operations:
Luc is known as one of the premier defensive players in the league with an ability to guard multiple positions. He adds a lot of energy, grit and a high basketball IQ to our team. We thank Derrick for his contributions to our organization and wish him well in Sacramento.
This was not a splashy trade by any means, but it has the potential to work out very well for both teams. The T-Wolves add a piece in return for Williams, whom they have no use for, and the Kings get a steal if Derrick Williams lives up to the potential we saw in him on draft night two years ago.