The Minnesota Timberwolves are trading former No. 2 overall draft pick Derrick Williams to the Sacramento Kings for Luc Mbah a Moute.
Two people with knowledge of the deal say the agreement was reached on Monday night. The people requested anonymity because neither team has officially announced the deal.
Williams with the No. 2 overall draft choice in 2011. But he never was able to carve a niche in Rick Adelman’s rotation and it became increasingly clear early this season that he had no role on the Timberwolves. Williams is averaging 4.9 points in under 15 minutes per game this season.
Mbah a Moute is averaging 4.4 points and 3.0 rebounds in nine games for the Kings this season.
KOBE SIGNS DEAL — The Los Angeles Lakers signed All-Star guard Kobe Bryant to a two-year contract extension.
General Manager Mitch Kupchak made the anticipated announcement Monday, ending speculation that Bryant could end up with another team after this season.
“This is a very happy day for Lakers fans and for the Lakers organization,” Kupchak said in a statement. “We’ve said all along that our priority and hope was to have Kobe finish his career as a Laker, and this should ensure that that happens.”
Bryant tweeted a picture of his signature on a contract later Monday morning with the hashtag: Laker4Life.
The fourth-leading scorer in NBA history hasn’t played this season as he recovers from surgery on his torn Achilles tendon in April.
He returned to practice earlier this month but isn’t sure when he’ll be back in uniform. He said last week that he could adjust his game and contribute something to the Lakers right now, but he wants to make sure he’s ready to play for the long haul when he returns for his 18th NBA season.
DUDLEY GETS INJECTION — Los Angeles Clippers forward Jared Dudley said he got a platelet-rich plasma injection to help alleviate the painful tendinitis in his right knee.
The procedure, known as PRP, takes a sample of the patient’s blood and spins it in a centrifuge for 15 minutes. It is then injected to accelerate tissue repair.
Though he’s hurting, Dudley hasn’t missed any of the Clippers’ 15 games.