For those that followed our last installment yesterday, this is more of the same. News and commentary updated here as it comes out. Feel free to follow Jeremy, Kalen and Charlie on twitter to find out when we post an update. Not to get anyone’s hopes up but rumors are out that more decisions are expected today, particularly in the case of Nene to the New Jersey Nets.
The buzz this morning centers around restricted free agent Luc Richard Mbah a Moute signing an offer sheet with the Nuggets. The deal is for 4 years and $19 million according to reports. Mbah a Moute is a 3-year veteran forward out of UCLA, where he played with Arron Afflalo. He averages only 6.7 points 5.6 rebounds for his career, but he’s been extremely reliable, appearing in at least 73 games all 3 years while averaging 26 minutes per contest.
Moute’s strengths are his versatility and superb defensive instincts. While he doesn’t get steals or blocks, he’s lauded for his on-ball defense and ability to guard a variety of postions on the perimeter and in the post. With the Bucks, he often guarded the oppositions best player with solid results. I specifically remember Moute giving Carmelo Anthony trouble several times in Denver’s previous visits to Milwaukee.
Strangely enough, Moute has some similarities to Kenyon Martin in the latter stages of his career. He has solid perimeter skills on defense but can’t shoot or score with his limited offensive game. He can play off the bench, or be a Dahntay Jones type starter and he’ll fit into small-ball lineups when asked to do so. Four years and $19 million is a fair and restrained offer sheet for a player of his caliber.
The problem is tying up cap space for up to 3 days while Milwaukee decides is they want to match. The offer seems structured to push Milwaukee over the cap, and force them to use exceptions to fill out their roster which would inch them further towards the dreaded luxury tax line. The problem with Denver refusing to overspend is that reasonable offers are more likely to be matched.
For those keeping score, Gary Forbes and Nene are also said to be mulling offers from yesterday and could decide where they go today. No confirmation on whether or not Forbes actually signed an offer sheet, but Nene is rumored to decide on the Nets offer tonight, which could be up to 4 years $64 million.
Update (2:17 MST)
It seems the pursuit of Mbah a Moute is over. Multiple news outlets are reporting the Bucks have decided to match.
In other news, a press release by the Raptors confirms Gary Forbes signed an offer sheet. Nuggets have 3 days to match as we discussed yesterday. Still no details on this contract yet. Its supposedly a two year deal with a team option for a third.