Luc Mbah a Moute is a potential target for Sixers
When it comes to free agency, Luc Mbah a Moute is a name to keep an eye on for the Philadelphia 76ers. As they continue to monitor the market, Mbah a Moute could be a potential target for the team.
Mbah a Moute is familiar with the organization, he fills a need on the current roster, and he would be affordable. His great relationship with Joel Embiid – a player that Mbah a Moute helped promote to prominence – is a bonus.
As a two-way wing capable of playing top-tier perimeter defense and also spacing the floor, Mbah a Moute would have an immediate impact on a Sixers squad in need of perimeter production on both ends of the floor. With his ability to play at both forward spots, Mbah a Moute could slide right into a key reserve role for the Sixers.
After re-signing sharpshooter J.J. Redick to a one-year deal on Monday, the Sixers still have over $13 million in salary cap space to spend this summer, and a short-term deal for Mbah a Moute should fall well within that range. Like they did with Redick, the Sixers would sign Mbah a Moute to a deal that didn’t compromise their long-term financial flexibility.
Brett Brown, who is operating as Philadelphia’s de-facto General Manger for the time being, was a big fan of Mbah a Moute when he suited up for the Sixers during the 2014-15 season.
Mbah a Moute played in 67 games for the Sixers that season – he started in 61 of them – and averaged career highs in points (9.9), steals (1.2), and minutes (28.6) per game.
"Watching [Mbah a Moute] from afar, I had great respect for how tough he was and how smart he was,” Brown said of Mbah a Moute at the time, via NBC Sports. “Now to see him and how he goes about his business, how he interacts with people in the locker room, he has a lot of pride.
“He has played every position. For lack of a better word, he is putting up with a bunch of young guys and helping me grow the program. I have so much respect for him. He has been fantastic."
Mbah a Moute isn't as flashy as a name as a LeBron James or Paul George, but bringing him back at a reasonable rate could be a sensible short-term move for the Sixers.
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