The Houston Rockets and free-agent guard Austin Rivers have agreed to a deal, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. The deal is guaranteed for this season, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Rivers has bounced around a lot in 2018. He was traded by the Los Angeles Clippers to the Washington Wizards during the offseason. When his tenure in Washington fell flat, he was traded to the Phoenix Suns. But before Rivers even played a game in a Suns uniform, he was waived so he could seek a team with playoff hopes.
That’s where Houston comes in. The Rockets are in desperate need for some backcourt help while Chris Pual takes two to three weeks to recover from a hamstring injury. Rivers can certainly hold down the fort while Paul takes his time to make a full recovery.
Paul and Rivers spent time together with the Clippers, and Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that there was some tension between the two as teammates, but Paul did not object to the signing of Rivers.
It took the Rockets a while, but it appears that they’re finally turning a corner. They definitely don’t look like the same team that took the Golden State Warriors to seven games in the Western Conference Finals. That being said, their play over the last few weeks has looked like that of a playoff team.
They hope to continue their winning ways while Paul is sidelined, and the Rivers signing should help mitigate that loss.