On Monday afternoon, rumors broke that the Minnesota Timberwolves were engaged in talks to trade forward Derrick Williams. Multiple teams were linked to the trade, including the Brooklyn Nets, Sacramento Kings and more. But it was the Kings who emerged as the Wolves trade partner as the two sides officially completed their trade this morning, with Sacramento sending Luc Mbah A Moute to Minnesota in exchange for Williams, the second overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.
Current plan is for Derrick Williams to practice with the Kings on Thursday. The Kings host Clippers on Friday in Williams’ possible debut.
The deal was all but official on Monday night, though Minnesota wanted to be extra cautious in their physical of Mbah A Moute who has dealt with nagging knee tendinitis.
Mbah A Moute, who only played in nine games for Sacramento after he was acquired in the offseason for two second round picks should be a serviceable role player for Minnesota while Sacramento will look to turn Williams’ promise into more than just a hope and a dream.