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Luc Mbah a Moute says he received financial settlement over failed physical with Kings

Luc Mbah a Moute signed with the Kings last summer, but they voided his contract after a failed physical. The National Basketball Players Associated filed a grievance.

Mbah a Moute since signed with the Clippers, who gave him an unguaranteed contract that since became guaranteed.

And Mbah a Moute says he got a little extra from Sacramento.

Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times:

I’m surprised Mbah a Moute got anything, even merely enough for a hamburger.

His success with the Clippers makes Sacramento look a little foolish. Mbah a Moute has carved out a nice role doing the little things while starting next to the Clippers’ big four of Chris Paul, J.J. Redick, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.

But looking foolish doesn’t mean the Kings violated a rule. Teams have wide leeway to void a new contract after a physical. The CBA states: “The determination of whether the player has passed the physical examination shall be made by the Team in its sole discretion.”

Perhaps, there was a procedural issue. Teams must conduct the physical within three business days of the execution of the contract and report the results to the player within six business days. The Kings announced the signing July 14 and Sacramento general manager Vlade Divac publicly discussed the failed physical July 22 – six business days later. But we don’t know precisely when Mbah a Moute signed (only when it was announced) or when the Kings told him.

So, it seems the they acknowledged on error on their part or at least the possibility of an error on their part. Maybe it was just better to pay Mbah a Moute rather than risk a larger finding against them..