Reports: Rockets to sign Austin Rivers


Austin Rivers has a new home with an old teammate.

According to multiple reports, Rivers will sign with the Houston Rockets on a deal that is guaranteed for the rest of the season. Houston needs a guard to help replace Chris Paul, who is struggling with a hamstring injury that will keep him out for at least the next two weeks.

Via Twitter:

Of course the most interesting thing about this signing is that Rivers and Paul have had apparent beef in seasons past when the two were on the Los Angeles Clippers. How that will play out now that Rivers is on the Rockets is anyone’s guess, but according to Adrian Wojnarowski it won’t be an issue.

Still, Rivers is a useful guard and can play off the ball or as a second-stringer when Paul returns from his hamstring issue. The Rockets need all the help they can get. Houston has been much better since mid-December, but they have struggled all season long with staying in the playoff race in the standings.

The Rivers saga has been sort of odd, but the Rockets actually make sense as a landing spot for him.