Luc Mbah a Moute leaves Rockets, agrees to deal with Clippers

Luc Mbah a Moute leaves Rockets, agrees to deal with Clippers

Houston allowed two other key contributors to leave in free agency instead of making competitive bids to keep Trevor Ariza (one year, $15 million from the Phoenix Suns) and Luc Mbah a Moute (one year, $4.3 million from the LA Clippers).

The departure appears to be the another domino to fall in the Rockets' impending pursuit of Carmelo Anthony, who is expected to receive a buyout of his contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Last week, The Oklahoman confirmed another Wojnarowski report that the Thunder has intentions of trying to find a suitable trade for Anthony before the end of the summer.

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.

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Chelsea have not made any summer signings and their managerial situation is still uncertain with Antonio Conte in charge. Hazard stressed he wanted to win trophies with the Blues despite their poor run of form last season's campaign.

"Both Trevor and Mbah a Moute were a big part of our team", Morey said. They could have offered Mbah a Moute up to $5.3 million, their taxpayer mid-level exception, but could have sought to save that or much of it for Anthony. That's exactly what they plan on doing this summer.

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Anthony, 34, averaged 16.2 points over 78 games for the Thunder last season. It could deliver the team over $100 million in cost savings. Stretching his contract, which involves buying out a player by paying half the amount of the deal over double the amount of time plus a year, could save the Thunder $107 million in salary and luxury tax, according to Wojnarowski.

But having lost two of their top eight scorers, including a starter in Ariza, the Rockets can't be choosy as they seek to follow up their team-record 65 victories last season.

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