The Houston Rockets continued their hectic offseason by adding a veteran in free agency.
According to Chris Haynes of ESPN, the Houston Rockets signed forward Luc Mbah a Moute Sunday. Haynes assumes the deal is for just one season at the veteran minimum. The Rockets have been constantly moving this offseason. They kicked off the summer by adding point guard Chris Paul in a blockbuster trade.
This move is confusing because the Rockets recently re-signed Tarik Black to their roster. Mbah a Moute plays the same position as Black, power forward. The two will likely share time off the bench behind Ryan Anderson.
Additionally, Houston is very deep at the position. They also have Shawn Long and Jared Uthoff, who each gave the team valuable minutes last season. It’s likely that one of these players won’t make the roster come regular season.
Mbah a Moute has been bouncing around the league since being drafted 37th overall in 2008 by the Milwaukee Bucks. Since graduating from UCLA, the Cameroonian has played for Milwaukee, Toronto, Sacramento, Minnesota, Philadelphia, and the Los Angeles Clippers. Mbah a Moute is following Chris Paul to Houston in search of the playoff success that has eluded him for his entire career.
He can be a valuable player off the bench. Last season, he played about 20 minutes per game, while scoring 6.1 points and grabbing 2.1 rebounds per game. His best asset is his defensive ability. He is a talented defender both on the perimeter and in the post.
Furthermore, he can be surprisingly dangerous from beyond the arc himself. Last season, he shot a career high 39 percent on three-point field goal attempts.
The 30-year old declined a $2.3 million player option to stay in Los Angeles for next season. The Clippers and Raptors were each interested in Mbah a Moute, but the Rockets prevailed.