Chris Haynes of ESPN has reported that Luc Mbah a Moute will sign a deal with the Rockets. He spent last season with the Los Angeles Clippers, usually as the starting forward.
Free agent Luc Mbah a Moute has reached an agreement with the Houston Rockets, league sources tell ESPN.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 16, 2017
This move feels like a steal for the Rockets. Mbah a Moute is going to sign for the veteran minimum, which is surprising. As one of the better perimeter defenders in the NBA, he easily could have gotten a bigger contract elsewhere. Mbah a Moute was a teammate of Chris Paul in Los Angeles the last few seasons. With Paul now in Houston as well, he seems to be doing his fair share of recruiting.
Mbah a Moute only averaged 6.1 PPG and 2.1 RPG last season. He also shot a career high 39.1 percent from three. While he has never been much of a scorer, he showed last season he is capable of knocking down perimeter shots when open. His presence will be seen more on the defensive end. Mbah a Moute is capable of guarding multiple positions, which is key in today’s NBA.
There seems to be a trend within the Rockets organization. This off-season, each of their acquisitions are known for their defense (Tucker, Paul, Mbah a Moute). Not only are they still adding firepower to their offense, but they’re also adding players who can defend at a high level. The Rockets now have a plethora of wings that can shoot from the perimeter and defend multiple positions.
General Manager Daryl Morey has had a very good offseason.