Free Agent Rumors: Mbah A Moute, Hood, N. Young

While Clint Capela may be the Rockets‘ most important free agent remaining, he’s not the only one the team has to worry about. A person close to the situation and with knowledge of negotiations tells Kelly Iko of RocketsWire that Houston also hasn’t progressed toward a deal in talks with UFA forward Luc Mbah a Moute.

According to Iko, Mbah a Moute is seeking more money and long-term security than he received from the Rockets in 2017/18, but the club is offering him another minimum-salary deal. Iko’s source suggests that the Spurs, Lakers, Clippers, Wizards, and Sixers have all expressed some level of interest in Mbah a Moute as well.

Here are a few more free agent notes and rumors:

  • Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports (Twitter link) describes the Rodney Hood sweepstakes as a three-team race involving the Cavaliers, Kings, and Bulls. Sacramento and Chicago are two of the only teams with the cap room necessary to make a viable offer to Hood — we wrote about the Kings’ interest in the RFA swingman earlier today.
  • Free agent swingman Nick Young has received some interest from the Kings, Grizzlies, Rockets, Cavaliers, Jazz, and Timberwolves, among others, tweets Darren Wolfson of 5 Eyewitness News. According to Wolfson, Young views Minnesota as as “good opportunity” but the club’s interest hasn’t been as aggressive as it was a year ago.
  • The Cavaliers had a group in Las Vegas this morning to see free agent wing Treveon Graham work out, league sources tell TNT’s David Aldridge (Twitter link). The Cavs have “strong interest” in Graham, who is drawing interest from the Timberwolves too, says Aldridge.
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11 thoughts on “Free Agent Rumors: Mbah A Moute, Hood, N. Young

  1. I don’t know much about Graham, but that 3 pt % looks really good.

    Hope the Cavs retain Hood. But I also am leery of Lue remaining. The guys on the team might be a fun team to watch if they had an offensive plan. In the half court crisp passing, players moving without the ball. Unselfish shooting making every effort to get the best shot on each possession. ~ yeah right.

      • acarneglia

        Watched Graham play in a lot of games for Charlotte last year. The dude is severely underrated. Can play any position 2-4 and guard 1-4. Plays hard and can play well in any role a team puts him in.

  2. I hope Hood goes to Chicago. He’d start. I think the Bulls would have to be happy with a young frontline of Portis, Markennan, Wendall Carter Jr. and Hood, along with Dunn and Lavine. They’d have a very good rebuild.

  3. knickscavsfan

    Lue was a PG and by nature I would think has and was thought to have, somewhat of a high basketball IQ. I would say that having LBJ on the floor, and not having a lot of clout, that the coach deferred to let LBJ run the offense, and that probably was the best thing to do. I’m sure Lue has the ability to run a team offense. Let him get his players together and let’s see what he can do next year.

    I do think Lue needs to figure out what kind identity they want to have and do they have the personnel to do so.

  4. No way Hood should go back to Cleveland – their inept coaching couldn’t even give him minutes ahead of JR Smith.

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