NBA free agency news: Rockets sign Austin Rivers in wake of Chris Paul injury

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.

The 26-year-old guard met with coach Mike D’Antoni on Saturday and the team finalized the deal Sunday morning.

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.