The Milwaukee Bucks traded forward Luc Mbah a Moute to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for a 2016 second-round draft pick, a source said Tuesday.
The source spoke on condition of anonymity to the Associated Press because teams can’t confirm moves until the new league year begins today and said Milwaukee has the right to swap 2018 second-round picks.
“Just landed in Cameroon and got told I’ve been traded to Sacramento!!” Mbah a Moute wrote on his Twitter page.
The 6-foot-8, 230-pound forward has emerged as a standout defender since he was drafted 37th overall out of UCLA by the Bucks in 2008. He has averaged 6.9 points and 5.3 rebounds in 25.1 minutes per game in his career.
CBS Sports first reported the trade.
Mbah a Moute has two years left on a four-year deal worth about $19 million that he signed as a restricted free agent before the lockout-shorted 2011-12 season. That move came when Milwaukee matched the offer sheet from Denver, where new Kings General Manager Pete D’Alessandro worked in the front office at the time.
In Sacramento, he will be expected to fill the void at small forward.
The Kings made an attempt to sign Andre Iguodala at that spot before he landed a four-year, $48 million deal with the Golden State Warriors last week.
Mbah a Moute will compete with incumbent starter John Salmons for playing time. The Kings will likely still explore other opportunities in free agency.
Also Tuesday, new coach Mike Malone was busy filling out his coaching staff. Dee Brown, a 12-year NBA veteran and 1991 slam dunk champion, was hired as assistant coach and director of player development. Micah Nori and Bill Pope also were hired as assistants.
Pistons, Datome have deal
A source says that the Detroit Pistons agreed to a $3.5 million, two-year contract with Luigi Datome, who is expected to sign his contract. The Pistons wanted to add a player with an outside shooting touch after agreeing to a deal with former Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith. They found what they were looking for in Datome, who is from Italy.
Harris returns to Mavs
Free-agent guard Devin Harris is headed back to the Dallas Mavericks, nine years after starting his career with them as a high draft pick.
Dallas star Dirk Nowitzki tweeted Tuesday that Harris was rejoining the Mavericks, who ended up with him at No. 5 overall in the 2004 draft in a deal that sent Antawn Jamison to Washington.
Harris’ contract is reportedly for three years and $9 million. The 30-year-old Harris averaged 9.9 points and 3.4 assists in Atlanta last season.
Harris spent his first 3½ seasons in Dallas and played in the 2006 NBA Finals before going to New Jersey in the trade for Jason Kidd in 2008. The Nets sent him to Utah when they acquired Deron Williams in 2011.
Warriors set to sign two
A source says the Golden State Warriors reached agreements with guard Toney Douglas and center Jermaine O’Neal on free agent deals. Both are believed to be one-year contracts.
Douglas, 27, played for the Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings last season, averaging 7.5 points and 2.1 assists in 18.1 minutes per game.
He gives Golden State some added backcourt depth to help alleviate the loss of Jarrett Jack, who signed a four-year, $25 million deal with Cleveland.
NBA fines Rockets
The Houston Rockets talked too much, too soon about Dwight Howard. A league spokesman confirms the team and its personnel were fined $150,000 by the NBA for comments made about the All-Star center during the moratorium period.
Howard committed to leave the Los Angeles Lakers and join the Rockets on Friday, and Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey gave an interview later that night with Comcast SportsNet Houston.
Clippers waive Summers
The Los Angeles Clippers waived forward DaJuan Summers. He will play for the team’s entry in the Las Vegas Summer League. He played in two games for the Clippers last season.