Published: Tue, December 25, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Rockets to sign Austin Rivers in wake of Chris Paul injury

Rockets to sign Austin Rivers in wake of Chris Paul injury

Rivers started the season with the Wizards and then officially was dealt to the Suns on December 17.

The Rockets and Austin Rivers have agreed to a fully guaranteed deal for the rest of the season, the team announced Monday. He became an unrestricted free agent after clearing waivers.

Nevertheless, to say that Rivers was having a down season would be an understatement.

Somewhere like the Rockets with James Harden.

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Rivers' signing comes on the heels of a hamstring injury suffered by Chris Paul in the Rockets' Dec. 20 loss to the Miami Heat. In this picture, Rivers #1 of the Washington Wizards reacts to Ian Mahinmi #28 of the Washington Wizards after a play during the first half against the Brooklyn Nets at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., November 16, 2018. The 26-year-old guard met with coach Mike D'Antoni on Saturday and Houston finalized the deal Sunday morning. The Rockets' next eight games come against teams with legitimate playoff hopes, starting with the Thunder on Christmas Day. "We need him back".

However, it wouldn't be fair to expect Rivers to fill the void that Paul is leaving. Rivers and Paul have preexisting chemistry from the two and a half seasons they spent as teammates with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Rivers was only averaging 23.6 minutes and 7.2 points per game in Washington, down from 15.1 the year before playing for his dad on the Clippers.

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