Report: Luc Mbah a Moute Agrees to Clippers Contract After 1 Year with Rockets

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistJuly 9, 2018

HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 29:  Luc Mbah a Moute #12 of the Houston Rockets reacts in the first half during Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs against the Utah Jazz at Toyota Center on April 29, 2018 in Houston, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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Swingman Luc Mbah a Moute helped lead the Houston Rockets to the best record in the NBA during the 2017-18 season, and the Los Angeles Clippers reportedly rewarded him with a new contract offer.

On Monday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported Mbah a Moute has agreed to a one-year deal with Los Angeles.

The UCLA product played the first five seasons of his career for the Milwaukee Bucks after they selected him in the second round of the 2008 draft, but he has been something of a journeyman in recent years. He has played for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers, Clippers and Rockets over the course of the last five campaigns.

The 31-year-old has never averaged double-figure scoring totals in his career, but he can be a solid piece of a rotation with the ability to extend his game beyond the three-point line (36.4 percent in 2017-18) or attack in the lane if openings present themselves.

Mbah a Moute averaged 7.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.2 steals a night in 61 games for Houston last season, 15 of which were starts.

While he can contribute on the offensive side, he is also an impressive defender. According to NBA.com, opponents shot 1.2 percent worse than their normal averages when he defended them last season. What's more, Houston's defensive rating was 101.2 when he was on the floor and 105.5 when he was off it.

Mbah a Moute isn't a franchise-altering signing, but the veteran provides a playoff-tested presence who can help anchor Los Angeles' wing defense while also adding shooting on the outside.

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