Houston is going to get some backcourt help in the wake of Chris Paul’s injury.
The Rockets and Austin Rivers have agreed to a fully guaranteed deal for the rest of the season, the team announced Monday.
OFFICIAL: #Rockets GM Daryl Morey announced today that the team has signed free agent guard Austin Rivers for the remainder of the season.
— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) December 24, 2018
The 26-year-old guard met with coach Mike D’Antoni on Saturday and the team finalized the deal Sunday morning.
Rivers and Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni spoke on Saturday. The Rockets completed the agreement with Rivers Sunday morning. Rivers will sign, likely tomorrow, for the remainder of the season. Deal fully guaranteed. https://t.co/BPXWX56FiC
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) December 23, 2018
The Rockets are in need of guard depth after Paul went down with a hamstring injury Thursday and he is expected to miss two weeks as he recovers.
Rivers started the season with the Wizards but was dealt to the Suns on Dec. 17. He was then released by Phoenix one day after the trade and he became a free agent last week after clearing waivers.
Rivers, who has also played for the Pelicans and Clippers over his seven-year career, averaged 7.2 points and 2.4 rebounds in 23.6 minutes per game with Washington this season. He shot 39.2 percent from the field and 31.1 percent from 3-point range.