The Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to trade guard Rashad McCants to the Sacramento Kings for forward Shelden Williams in a
swap of disappointing lottery picks, two people with knowledge of
the deal told The Associated Press on Thursday.
The Wolves also got rookie guard Bobby Brown from the Kings and
sent rarely used center Calvin Booth to Sacramento.
The sources requested anonymity because the trade has not been
McCants was the 14th overall pick in 2005. He is averaging 9.1 points per game, but has appeared in only six games since Jan. 1.
The moody shooting guard from North Carolina fell out of the rotation shortly after Kevin McHale took over as coach. He hasn't played more than 15 minutes in a game since Dec. 27 and has often been seen brooding on the bench because of the decrease in playing time.
At his best, McCants is a capable scorer off the bench. He averaged 14.9 points in that role last season in his first full year back from microfracture knee surgery.
Williams was the fifth overall pick in 2006 by Atlanta. He has never fulfilled the promise he showed while at Duke and is averaging just 3.7 points and 2.6 rebounds for the Kings.
The burly power forward has only reached double figures in scoring three times this season and has done it just twice in rebounding.
The deal doesn't hinder either team's quest to clear salary cap space for the future. McCants will be a restricted free agent this summer and Minnesota had no intention of bringing him back.
Williams will be an unrestricted free agent when the year ends.
Brown has averaged 5.2 points and 1.9 assists as a backup point
guard in his first season out of Cal State-Fullerton.
Booth has played just 1 minute this season for the Timberwolves
after being acquired from Philadelphia in the offseason. His contract is up after the season, meaning the Kings will be off the hook for his salary once the season ends.
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