After agreeing to terms with several free agents, the Milwaukee Bucks sent a veteran player packing Tuesday as FOXSportsWisconsin.com’s Andrew Gruman has learned that forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute is headed to Sacramento.
Mbah a Moute also got the news Tuesday afternoon, tweeting, “Just landed in Cameroon and got told i’ve been traded to Sacramento!!”
In return for Mbah a Moute, the Bucks are receiving second-round draft picks from the Kings in 2016 and 2018.
Mbah a Moute, a second-round pick of Milwaukee in 2008, played five seasons for the Bucks. In 2011, Milwaukee kept Mbah a Moute by matching a four-year, $19 million offer sheet from the Nuggets for the then-restricted free agent.
Noted for his ability to defend any position on the floor, the 6-foot-8 Mbah a Moute has averaged 6.9 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in his career. In 2012-13, he averaged a career-low 22.9 minutes, although he played 34.0 minutes per game in Milwaukee’s playoff series against the Miami Heat, when he was tasked with guarding LeBron James.
The Bucks have recently agreed to terms with shooting guard O.J. Mayo, center Zaza Pachulia and small forward Carlos Delfino, the last free-agent acquisition creating a logjam at the position for the Bucks.
By trading Mbah a Moute, the Bucks not only create some room at small forward, but they also clear out cap space; he was due around $9 million over the next two seasons.
The Bucks also recently received a pair of second-round picks in a sign-and-trade deal that sent guard J.J. Redick to the Los Angeles Clippers.
In addition this offseason, Milwaukee has seen Mike Dunleavy agree to sign with the Bulls, and free-agent guard Monta Ellis is expected to sign elsewhere.