The Houston Rockets and free agent forward Luc Mbah a Moute have agreed on a deal for the upcoming 2017-18 season, according to Chris Haynes of ESPN. Mbah a Moute will re-join teammate Chris Paul, whom he has played alongside the last two seasons as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers.
Mbah a Moute is coming off a 2016-17 season in which he made a career-high 76 starts for LA. He averaged just 6.1 points and 2.2 rebounds per contest, but shot 50.5 percent from the field overall and even knocked down a career-high 39.1 percent of his shots from 3-point range.
The Cameroonian forward was first drafted in the second round of the 2008 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks out of UCLA. Mbah a Moute had moved to the United States prior to college, attending Monteverde Academy in Florida, before spending his collegiate career with the Bruins.
Despite his status as a second-round pick, he joined the Bucks starting lineup and remained there in an on-again, off-again role until his departure from the franchise after five seasons.
Since the 2013-14 season, Mbah a Moute has served as an NBA nomad, ranging around the league beginning with the Sacramento Kings, before heading to the Minnesota Timberwolves later that year. He then spent a single year with the Philadelphia 76ers before two years with the Clippers, now reportedly joining the Rockets, his sixth NBA franchise.
He joins forward P.J. Tucker as a defense-first-minded defender that the Rockets have already acquired this offseason, putting pieces around their new core of James Harden and Chris Paul.