Given the recent news that Carmelo Anthony and the Oklahoma City Thunder are planning to part ways this summer, attention has shifted to his next destination. The move also puts the Rockets' hopes of retaining restricted free agent Clint Capela deeper into limbo.
A host of contending teams reportedly are in the mix, but people around the National Basketball Association consider the Houston Rockets the favorite to land Anthony, Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer tweeted Sunday night.
Mbah a Moute, who had a one-year deal worth $2.1 million last season, turns 32 in September.
Anthony is now a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, but the two sides are reportedly working on parting ways, whether through a trade, a buyout or waiving via the stretch provision.
Mbah a Moute spent the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons with the Clippers before joining the Rockets last season. The 31-year-old forward played in 61 regular season games, averaging 7.5 points and at least one steal a game. The Rockets jumped from 26th in points-per-game allowed all the way up to sixth in his one season. The former UCLA standout started a career-high 76 games in his final year in Los Angeles before transitioning back to a role player off the bench during Houston's campaign to the Western Conference Finals.