Bucks ship Luc Mbah a Moute to Sacramento Kings

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Charles F. Gardner, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Bucks are trading forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute to the Sacramento Kings in return for a pair of future second-round picks, a league source confirmed Tuesday.

Milwaukee will receive Sacramento's second-round picks in 2016 and 2018.

The trade can be completed Wednesday when the league moratorium period ends.

"Just landed in Cameroon and got told I've been traded to Sacramento!" Mbah a Moute said via his Twitter account.

The 26-year-old Mbah a Moute often served as the Bucks' defensive stopper and guarded LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant, among others.

The 6-foot-8 native of Cameroon averaged 6.9 points and 5.3 rebounds in five seasons with Milwaukee after being selected 37th overall in the 2008 draft.

Former coach Scott Skiles almost immediately called Mbah a Moute the team's top defender, and the former UCLA player started 52 games his rookie season while playing in all 82.

But injuries hampered Mbah a Moute's performance the past two years and he underwent right patella surgery following the 2011-'12 season.

He missed the first part of last season while recovering from the surgery and appeared in 58 games, averaging 6.7 points and 4.4 rebounds while shooting 40.1% from the field.

The Denver Nuggets signed Mbah a Moute to a four-year, $19 million offer sheet in December 2011 before the start of the lockout-shortened season. But the Bucks quickly matched the offer to retain Mbah a Moute, who was a restricted free agent.

Mbah a Moute was owed $4.6 million for next season so that number will come off the Bucks' salary cap. And the Bucks will save $9 million over the two years left on Mbah a Moute's contract.

Preseason games scheduled

The Bucks will play the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on Oct. 8 in a preseason game, the Cavaliers announced Tuesday.

Earlier it had been announced the Bucks and Minnesota Timberwolves will meet at The Pentagon, a newly built facility in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Oct. 10.

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