LA Clippers bring back Luc Mbah a Moute
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In filling out their roster, the LA Clippers opted to go back to a familiar face. The organization has signed forward Luc Mbah a Moute to a 1-year, $4.3 million deal.

Mbah a Moute spent last season with the Houston Rockets, which followed a two-year stint with the Clippers. The Clippers made the announcement, along with the additions of guard Avery Bradley and forward Mike Scott.

Mbah a Moute is one of the more valuable defenders in the league, and he’s familiar with Doc Rivers’ system. His 2017-18 season with the Rockets got sidetracked, however, as he battled a shoulder injury. The shoulder issue plagued his shooting throughout the playoffs, which prevented him from making more of an impact in the Western Conference Finals.

Mbah a Moute, originally a second-round draft pick, offers elite size to defend both bigger guards and interior big men, especially in the modern game. The 6-foot-8 Mbah a Moute came back to the Clippers courtesy of the mid-level exception.

The versatile forward averaged 7.5 PPG and 3 RPG while playing as a lockdown defender for Mike D’Antoni. The 10-year veteran marks the second key defensive loss incurred by the Rockets, who also lost Trevor Ariza through free agency.

While the Clippers have plenty of options with their starters, Mbah a Moute will likely play behind Tobias Harris, or in tandem with him if Rivers opts to go with a bigger lineup.

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