Rockets lose Cameroon’s Mbah a Moute, seek Carmelo

Lynette Rowe
July 10, 2018

Wojnarowski also reported that Rockets small forward Luc Mbah A Moute has agreed to a one-year deal with the Clippers.

Carmelo Anthony is expected to hit the free agent market soon, as the Oklahoma City Thunder are reportedly working on either a buyout or a stretching of his contract.

The team was set to become the first team to cross the $300 million mark in salary and projected luxury tax commitments, and could reportedly save $100 million by parting ways with Melo. The Rockets will be a premium consideration for Anthony, along with the Miami Heat, league sources said. He acknowledged that Ariza and Mbah a Moute were significant losses for the Rockets.

He played one season for the Rockets and was an important piece in the Rockets' defensive resurgence.

It's no secret that Clint Capela is feeling undervalued by the Houston Rockets, who now find themselves in a conundrum, hoping to keep their improved center after doling out a whopping $160 million over four years to All-Star point guard Chris Paul. The Clippers' offer would have cost them roughly $16 million.

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Acquiring Anthony on a veteran's minimum contract is still a possibility, but one that will prove all that much more hard if they also plan to bring him off the bench - as two concessions are much more than he'd be willing to make.

The 34-year-old is coming off his worst season in the National Basketball Association, as he posted career lows in scoring average and field goal percentage last season.

Melo recently opted in to his contract with Oklahoma City to garner $27.9 million next season.

The Rockets finished the 2017-18 regular season with a 65-17 record.

Tilman Fertitta is denying suggestions the Houston Rockets have let Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute leave in free agency due to luxury tax concerns.

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