The Los Angeles Clippers agreed with Houston Rockets forward Luc Mbah a Moute to a one-year, $4.3 million deal on Monday, according to an ESPN report.
Mbah a Moute spent the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons with the Clippers before joining the Rockets last season. The 31-year-old averaged 7.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 25.6 minutes per game across 61 games (15 starts) in Houston.
Per the report, the Rockets are now determined to sign forward Carmelo Anthony once he becomes a free agent, after losing both Mbah a Moute and Trevor Ariza to free agency this month.
That duo served as two of the Rockets' best defenders, with the ability to match up with guards and forwards in the team's switch-heavy scheme. Ariza joined the Phoenix Suns on a one-year, $15 million deal earlier this month, more than double the salary he made last season.
Anthony is currently a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, but the two sides are reportedly working on parting ways, whether through a trade, a buyout or waiving via the stretch provision. Anthony is likely to become a free agent even if he is traded, as his new team would likely waive him.
Multiple reports on Sunday said Rockets guard Chris Paul wants Anthony, a good friend of his, to join the Rockets, while Anthony is also believed to have interest in joining LeBron James with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Miami Heat are also reportedly interested in adding Anthony.
The 34-year-old posted career lows in points (16.2 per game), shot attempts (15.0) assists (1.3) and minutes (32.1) in 78 games (all starts) last season while playing primarily power forward instead of small forward.
The Clippers on Monday also officially announced the re-signing of guard Avery Bradley, whose deal was reported last week as a two-year, $25 million pact.
"We are very excited to bring Avery back to the Clippers," president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank said in a statement. "He is an elite competitor, tenacious defender, and a very effective offensive player, who fits the identity of our organization and the profile of a tough, serious player that is committed to winning. Avery's intensity and proven work ethic will have a direct impact on the performance and personality of this team."
Bradley appeared in six games with the Clippers after arriving in the Blake Griffin trade last season, averaging 9.2 points before having season-ending surgery to repair a sports hernia.
Recognized as a top wing defender, Bradley, 27, has averaged 12.3 points over his eight NBA seasons, the first seven of which were with the Boston Celtics.
--Field Level Media