Sources: Rockets lose Mbah a Moute, target Melo

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Free agent forward Luc Mbah a Moute has agreed to a one-year, $4.3 million deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, league sources told ESPN.

The Clippers are paying Mbah a Moute the balance of their mid-level exception, bringing him back to the franchise after a season away with the Houston Rockets.

The Rockets have lost Mbah a Moute, 31, and Trevor Ariza, and plan to ramp up a pursuit of Carmelo Anthony once he becomes available after a trade and buyout, or waive and stretch, with Oklahoma City, league sources told ESPN.

The Thunder could waive and stretch Anthony’s $27.9 million salary — saving the franchise $107 million in salary and tax — within the next 7-10 days should they be able unable to find a trade, league sources said. The Rockets will be a premium consideration for Anthony — along with the Miami Heat, league sources said.

Mbah a Moute left the Clippers after two seasons, joining Chris Paul on the move to the Rockets. Mbah a Moute will play significant minutes in the Clippers rotation behind starter Tobias Harris.

Houston has lost two of its top rotational small forwards in free agency, including Ariza who signed a one-year, $15 million deal with the Phoenix Suns. Mbah a Moute played a significant role in helping the Rockets become an elite defensive team.

The Rockets were able to offer Mbah a Moute the $2.4 million veteran’s minimum.



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