According to Chris Haynes, the Rockets have signed nine-year NBA vet Luc Richard Mbah a Moute to a deal.
Free agent Luc Mbah a Moute has reached an agreement with the Houston Rockets, league sources tell ESPN.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 16, 2017
Mbah a Moute joins P.J. Tucker and former Clippers teammate Chris Paul as the Rockets’ new additions this offseason.
Mbah a Moute, 30, spent his last two seasons in Los Angeles and started all seven games in their first-round series loss to the Jazz. He averaged 6.1 points per game and was seen as the primary starting small forward for the Clippers the past two seasons. With Tucker and Trevor Ariza on the roster and the potential of acquiring Carmelo Anthony still on the table, it’s safe to say Mbah a Moute will be coming off the bench for the Rockets.
He and P.J. Tucker give the second unit a defensive identity it lacked last season, and the signing of the Cameroonian forward only makes the wing defense for Houston that much better. Also, his 39.1 percent shooting from three-point land ain’t too shabby.
This contract is worth $2.1 million for just this upcoming season, which is a huge bargain for Houston. Daryl Morey and the team are adding the veteran depth necessary to contend deep into the playoffs.
This signing continues the stellar offseason for Houston, and the idea that Houston could care less about offense is contradicted by their actions. This move is strictly for defensive purposes, and Houston just got a little better today than they were yesterday. Let’s cherish that.
Luc, welcome to Houston!