Unwilling to leave any stone unturned this offseason, the Rockets are reportedly adding yet another piece to their upcoming assault for the Western Conference crown.
The Houston Rockets have agreed to a deal with free agent wing Luc Mbah a Moute, according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes. It is a one-year deal at the veteran’s minimum of $2.1 million, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks.
Free agent Luc Mbah a Moute has reached an agreement with the Houston Rockets, league sources tell ESPN.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 16, 2017
Sources: The Houston Rockets and Luc Mbah a Moute have agreed to a one-year, minimum deal. @ChrisBHaynes was first to report an agreement.
— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) July 16, 2017
Mbah a Moute averaged 6.1 points and 2.1 rebounds for the Los Angeles Clippers last season. He developed into a serviceable three-point shooter, nailing a career-best 39 percent of his triples last season, though he only attempted 1.4 per game. In the postseason, his clip from downtown fell to 31.3 percent on 2.3 attempts per game.
In signing with Houston, Mbah a Moute adds another layer of front court defensive intensity to a Rockets team that has put the emphasis on offense. Houston now has both Mbah a Moute and Trevor Ariza, a duo of wings who can switch defensively and guard multiple positions on the court.
Mbah a Moute played alongside Chris Paul in Los Angeles for the past two seasons. He rejoins his ex-teammate in Houston after Paul orchestrated his trade to the Rockets in late June.