Free agent guard Austin Rivers has reached an agreement with the Houston Rockets, according to reports from Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Rockets reach agreement to sign guard Austin Rivers, source said.— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) December 23, 2018
Rivers, who started the season with the Washington Wizards, was traded to the Phoenix Suns last week and waived one day after being acquired. He became an unrestricted free agent after clearing waivers.
The Rockets have an immediate need for guard depth after starting point guard Chris Paul was sidelined on Thursday for two weeks with a grade 2 strain of his left hamstring.
Austin Rivers will take over some minutes in the absence of his ex-Clippers teammate Chris Paul. https://t.co/hQZtKq2fLJ— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 23, 2018
Clearly there’s some unpleasant Clippers history between Paul and Rivers but sources say there were no objections to signing Rivers with the Rockets needing backcourt depth. Paul’s projected to have a 2-3 week absence with a strained hamstring. https://t.co/Rzh1YUakii— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 23, 2018
Rivers appeared in 29 games for Washington, averaging 7.2 points while shooting 39 percent from the field. He averaged 15.1 points last season for the Los Angeles Clippers.