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Tuesday December 30, 2008 3:23 PM

Rockets Agree to Terms With Dikembe Mutombo


Center may rejoin team as soon as Wednesday

Jason Friedman
Rockets.com Staff Writer

Houston - Dikembe Mutombo is bringing his familiar smile, leadership and finger wag back to Houston.

Rockets GM Daryl Morey announced today that the team has come to terms with the 42-year old center, and that he is expected to re-join the club soon pending the results of a physical which will take place on Wednesday.

"We're really happy to bring Dikembe back. Everyone knows what he brings. He's probably the greatest player I've ever had the pleasure to work with in terms of what he does both as a person and for the Rockets.

"I think he's obviously an unbelievable locker room player and leader. On the floor he's still extremely effective. We think he can help us in many ways: Just like last year with some key matchups when we're playing teams with a lot of size, and also at the big spot which is probably our thinnest spot. So adding depth with Dikembe is extremely important."

Mutombo appeared in 39 games for the Rockets last season, logging many valuable minutes after Yao Ming fell victim to a broken foot in February. Mutombo averaged three points, five rebounds and 1.2 blocks.

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