Mbah A Moute Agrees To Contract With Clippers

Rockets free agent forward Luc Mbah a Moute has agreed to a one-year contract with the Clippers, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN tweets. The contract will be worth $4.3MM, Wojnarowski adds in another tweet.

Mbah a Moute had expressed dissatisfaction in his negotiations with Houston this month with the Rockets apparently offering just the veteran’s minimum. The Spurs, Lakers, Wizards, and Sixers had also reportedly expressed some level of interest in Mbah a Moute.

The Clippers essentially split their mid-level exception to acquire both Mbah a Moute and another forward, Mike Scott, according to ESPN’s Zach Lowe.

The loss of Mbah a Moute appears to increase the possibility that Carmelo Anthony will wind up in a Houston uniform. The Rockets have now lost two key defensive wings in free agency with Trevor Ariza joining the Suns.

Familiarity played a role in Mbah a Moute’s decision, as he played two seasons for Doc Rivers and the Clippers before joining the Rockets prior to last season. He averaged 7.5 PPG in 25.6 MPG in his limited offensive role while making an above-average 36.4% of his long-range attempts.

In terms of the Clippers, the addition of Mbah a Moute gives them 14 guaranteed contracts and three others – Milos Teodosic, Patrick Beverley and CJ Williams – that are partially guaranteed or non-guaranteed, Bobby Marks of ESPN notes. Los Angeles now has $118MM in salary, $5.7MM below the luxury-tax threshold.

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17 thoughts on “Mbah A Moute Agrees To Contract With Clippers

  1. Mr_KLC

    Not looking good for the Rockets. With them also losing Ariza, that makes 2 above average defenders lost. I hope they can at least mend some fences with Capella.

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      • ajetergiftbasket

        Luc, yes. Trevor, no.

        Offensively, sure. But not defensively.

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      • Not in this market, unfortunately. Please post with who you think they can replace them with.

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  2. If the Rockets were ever going to beat Golden State, it was last year.

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    • madmanTX

      BS the Rockets will send Moute a photo of their championship banner next season.

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  3. ldfanatic

    Not that it matters because if Boogie come back healthy GSW is a lock, but how do you sit on your hands while the two best wing defenders you have leave on 1-year deals to non-contenders? Anderson’s contract has killed this team in FA for the 2nd straight year.

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    • ldfanatic

      And signing Melo is not a cure all because he is as bad as Anderson defensively.

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      • formerlyz

        Melo plays the 4, PJ Tucker moves to the 3, MCW plays defense on the wing in some lineups, De’anthony Melton has some Marcus Smart in him. He might be lengthy enough to guard some wings. Maybe they grab someone like Corey Brewer or maybe Nunally can provide something. Could look at the D-league…

        But ya, on paper they’re definitely not as good, although I dont think Melo would hurt them. Regardless, Harden needs to play off ball more. Chris Paul cant be watching him dribble in the corner like a glorified Patrick Beverly. He would make things easier for both Harden and Melo

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        • x%sure

          Between Melton and Gary Clark, I bet Moute gets replaced by a rookie. If somebody can get to Melo, maybe starting.

          IDK who MCW is, I’m sure it’s obvious, but there’s too much referring to people by wierd initials IMO.

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  4. johnstodder

    With this move, the Clippers are sending a “we can wait a year for Kawhi” message to San Antonio.

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    • Kenleyfornia74

      Kawhi is going to LA for sure next year. Just a matter of which team

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  5. The failure to resign Mbah a Moute and Ariza, and the lowball offers on Capela show clearly that new ownership in Houston simply do not have the wherewithal to compete with Golden State. Either he doesn’t have the money or he doesn’t have the will.

    What a waste and missed opportunity.

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    • x%sure

      Kind of shows James made the right call… that plan would have required even more money.

      I think Morey lied about what he could do, and did they same thing last offseason about trading for Melo, stringing people along. The reality avoided is that Ryan Anderson exists and has a contract.

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  6. cesc

    Houston is having a really bad offseason, the only way it can get worst is by signing Melo.

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