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Luc Mbah a Moute will reportedly sign with Rockets

Houston Rockets

The Houston Rockets wasted no time filling their vacant roster spot with a defensive stopper who could really help in the playoffs.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Rockets plan to sign forward Luc Mbah a Moute for the NBA restart. The move comes after it was reported that Rockets reserve Thabo Sefolosha would not play in Orlando.

Mbah a Moute will be returning to a familiar environment. The 33-year-old forward played for Houston in 2017-18, averaging over 25 minutes per game and contributing 7.5 points primarily as a productive reserve. Due to knee problems, he’s only played four games since then, and remained unsigned this year after an unsuccessful stint with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Mbah a Moute is most regarded for his versatile defense, as he can handle the perimeter and the post very effectively. For the Rockets, who are at times suspect defensively, that’s a huge plus as they prepare for the Western Conference Playoffs. That’s probably why they were eyeing him even before the league shutdown.

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