Derrick Williams is a former number two pick by the Timberwolves, and his tenure is appearing to be short-lived in Minnesota.
The Sacramento Kings have made it known that they are looking for young pieces, and they are willing to trade a veteran in return. According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Kings and Timberwolves are talking about a deal for Williams, and they would send a pretty good veteran back to Minny:
Timberwolves, I'm told, are in advanced discussions with Sacramento on a deal that would swap Derrick Williams for Luc Mbah A Moute
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) November 26, 2013
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute isn’t a household name, but he is a solid rotation player that could help a team that is on the cusp of contending. This deal could benefit both teams on paper. For the Kings, they are getting a forward who has a lot of potential, but just hasn’t found his niche in the NBA yet. He is also on an expiring deal, so if he doesn’t work out, they can let him walk. Williams is a guy who could blossom with a large role, and Sacramento is the place to do that.
For the Wolves, they are getting a guy who can guard well, and can give you good minutes off the bench. They will find more use out of him than they will Williams. Mbah a Moute would probably thrive in a specialty role, and if he can cut and move well off the ball, than his offense could thrive with Ricky Rubio quarterbacking the team. They aren’t interested in developing players with the roster that they have, so that gets the awkwardness of Williams’ career off their plates.
Williams should welcome this trade, as he is only playing 14 minutes a game, and is averaging just 4.9 points per game. Those are both career lows for him, and he needs to see minutes in order to improve his game at the professional level. The problem with Willams is his role. He isn’t big enough to play at a high level at the power forward, and he isn’t small or skilled enough to play small forward at a high level. He could find what position fits him best in Sacramento with a bigger role.
This is just a report, and we will keep you updated as the day goes on.