Minnesota Timberwolves trade Derrick Williams to Sacramento Kings

Nov 10, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves small forward Shabazz Muhammad (15) and power forward Derrick Williams (7) on the bench in the first half of the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Monday evening rumors surfaced that the Minnesota Timberwolves were closing in on a deal for Derrick Williams with the Sacramento Kings. The deal has now officially gone through and Williams will be joining the Kings.

The hold-up for the deal to this point was Minnesota’s concern for Luc Richard Mbah a Moute’s health, as he missed the early parts of the season with knee tendinitis.

It’s not really surprising that the Wolves gave up on Williams, as there have been rumors of a trade for a long time now. While Derrick is only 22 years old, he was simply not a good fit with Minnesota and ended up buried deep in the team’s rotation this season. The Kings, on the other hand, have a young core of players and adding Williams by giving up Mbah a Moute seems like a low-risk high-reward type of deal. There are still major questions regarding Williams’ skill set and which position he can conceivably play, but he will very likely get a legitimate shot to prove himself with his new team.

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