Rockets Sign Mutombo For Rest Of Season

Jason ColdironCorrespondent IDecember 30, 2008

Today the Houston Rockets signed 42 year old Dikembe Mutombo for the rest of the season.

The former defensive player of the year will give the Rockets a reliable backup for Yao Ming.

Mutombo appeared in 39 games for the Rockets last season. He averaged five rebounds, three points and 1.2 blocks.

After last season he contemplated retirement, but it was widely expected that he may return at some point this season. That time is now. This will be his 19th season in the NBA.