The terms of the deal have yet to be disclosed, so it's unclear how long or how much it will be worth. Mbah a Moute is coming off a 2016-17 campaign where he played in 80 games with the Clippers and averaged 6.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.0 assist across 22.3 minutes. He also shot a career-high 39 percent from the three-point line, which fits the Rockets current offensive game plan quite well. In joining Houston, he'll add another three-and-D option at both forward spots, although his value certainly takes a hit considering he'll likely be stuck behind the likes of Trevor Ariza, P.J. Tucker and Ryan Anderson.
Mbah a Moute will decline his $2.3 million player option for the 2017-18 season, Chris Haynes of ESPN.com reports.
Mbah a Moute spent the last two seasons with the Clippers and is coming off a 2016-17 campaign where he averaged 6.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.0 steal across 22.3 minutes per game. While his offensive numbers are nothing special, Mbah a Moute is a fantastic defender, which should allow him to secure a raise from the $2.3 million he was slated to make. He also shot a career-high 39 percent from deep last season, which further established Mbah a Moute as a potential three-and-D type of player.
Mbah a Moute scored 15 points (6-9 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-4 FT) and added six rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block across 37 minutes in Friday's 111-106 win over the Jazz in Game 3 of the series.
After Blake Griffin exited late in the second quarter with a bruised right big toe and didn't return, the Clippers were in need of some of their complementary options to step up behind Chris Paul, and Mbah a Moute was able to answer the call. While he wasn't able to shut down Jazz All-Star Gordon Hayward, who scored a career-high 40 points, Mbah a Moute was at least able to prove his worth on the offensive end, registering a new postseason-high scoring total of his own. X-rays on Griffin's toe came back negative, but the Clippers won't have a clear idea of his status for Sunday's Game 4 until he's reevaluated. If Griffin is out, Mbah a Moute could approach 40 minutes again and may be in line for double-digit shot attempts.
Mbah a Moute provided 14 points (6-8 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 0-3 FT), three rebounds and one block across 33 minutes in a 115-95 win over the Kings on Wednesday.
Coach Doc Rivers starts Mbah a Moute mainly for his defensive abilities, but the veteran forward may have earned himself some more extensive run heading into the postseason after surprisingly closing out the regular season with three straight double-digit scoring outings. He shot an impressive 69.6 percent from the field during those contests, and while that mark won't be sustainable, he should at least benefit from quality looks during the playoffs while opposing defenses turn most of their attention to the likes of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. Mbah a Moute figures to match up against Gordon Hayward for most of the Clippers' first-round series with the Jazz, and while his primary objective will be shutting down the All-Star forward, he's shown over the last few games that he warrants attention on the other end of the court, too.
Mbah a Moute managed 15 points (6-8 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three assists, two rebounds and two steals over 24 minutes in Monday's 125-96 win over the Rockets.
Seemingly everyone got in on the act for the Clippers in the blowout win, and Mbah a Moute was no exception. The veteran forward has now posted consecutive double-digit scoring efforts for only the second time this season, with the first instance having come way back on Nov. 12 and 14. Mbah a Moute's scoring total also equaled a season high, but he normally figures in for a reduced offensive role considering the considerable scoring capabilities of his teammates on the first unit.
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