HoopsHype Luc Richard Mbah a Moute rumors


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Mbah a Moute said he would like to see the NBA increase its efforts to recruit in Africa. “The rate at which it’s going, I don’t like,” he said. “I would like to see it bigger and faster. But [basketball] is growing. The NBA is doing a good job of trying to get in the continent. There’s more African players or African-descent players coming into the NBA, so that’s been good as far as helping. But I think we need more guys going in there and trying to do stuff to help. We do our best and there’s a lot of other guys in the NBA who have some African blood that are trying to do stuff. The more we do that, things are going to continue to get better.” Boston Globe

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He discovered Embiid in 2011 at a basketball camp in their homeland. Mbah a Moute has advised the 20-year-old ever since. “It’s kind of like a big-brother, younger-brother relationship,” Mbah a Moute said. “I’ve mentored him the last four years since I saw him back home and brought him over” to the United States to attend high school. “It’s been interesting to see him grow from a young kid back home to an NBA player.” Philadelphia Inquirer

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Bob Cooney: Luc Mbah a Moute out with strained calf. Hollis Thompson (upper respiratory) sent home to recover, Joel Embiid sent home to work out more Twitter @BobCooney76

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Mbah a Moute is the only player in head coach Brett Brown's rotation that has more than three years of NBA experience. "You are trying to teach them to be pros," Mbah a Moute said. "It doesn't happen overnight. For some people, it doesn't happen the first year or the second year. It takes time. I try to show them how to carry yourself, how to go out there and compete, play hard and do your best." CSNPhilly.com

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An NBA source said Shved has a chance for some minutes and that Mbah a Moute is also expected to stay, as opposed to being waived or bought out. Young, who makes $9.2 million, was likely to decline his $9.7 million player option next summer, making him an unrestricted free agent. This way, Hinkie gets something in return for Young. Bucks County Courier Times

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The Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired forward Kevin Love in a three-team trade that sends guard Andrew Wiggins and forward Anthony Bennett to Minnesota and a projected 2015 first round pick (via Miami) to Philadelphia, General Manager David Griffin announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts. As part of the three-team trade, Minnesota will also acquire forward Thaddeus Young from the 76ers, while Philadelphia receives forward Luc Mbah a Moute and guard Alexey Shved from the Timberwolves. “Kevin joining the Cavaliers represents a very special and unique opportunity for our team. At only 25, Kevin has already firmly established himself as one the NBA’s elite players and his talent, versatility and fit are major parts of our team’s vision for success,” said Griffin. “We want to also wish Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett the best as they will continue the start of their careers in Minnesota. They are both outstanding young men that have great potential on the court and long, very successful careers ahead of them.” NBA.com

The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team has acquired Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, Thaddeus Young and a trade exception in a three-team trade between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Philadelphia 76ers. In exchange, the Wolves will send Kevin Love to Cleveland while sending Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Alexey Shved to Philadelphia. The 76ers also received the rights to Miami's 2015 first-round draft pick from Cleveland in the trade. Minnesota will introduce its new acquisitions at the Minnesota State Fair on Tuesday, August 26. Additional information regarding the introduction will be issued later today. "We are excited to add three young, talented and athletic players to our team in Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and Thaddeus Young," said Timberwolves head coach Flip Saunders. "With the additions of Wiggins, Bennett and Zach LaVine this summer, we have brought in three exciting young athletes who all have the potential to have an impact in this league. All three of them complement each other very well and we believe they will be foundations of our team for years to come. In Young we are getting a proven NBA player who is entering the prime of his career. Our fans will enjoy watching these exciting players this coming season and beyond. NBA.com

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