At 3:00 pm eastern time on Sunday, free agent guard Austin Rivers reached an agreement with the Houston Rockets, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
All star point guard Chris Paul of Houston recently suffered a hamstring injury that will keep the 33 year old sidelined for about two weeks. With the lack of depth at the point guard position for the struggling Houston Rockets, the Rockets front office staff were desperately searching for a solid free agent to take Paul’s place in his absence.
26 year old Austin Rivers has played in 7 seasons for 3 NBA franchises: the Pelicans, the Clippers, and the Wizards this season. At the beginning of this season, Rivers didn’t seem like a great fit for Washington. Thus, Wizards GM Ernie Grunfeld decided to ship him to Phoenix in a package deal involving Kelly Oubre and a second round pick in exchange for sharpshooting small forward, Trevor Ariza. Before Rivers played even a single game for Phoenix, they waived him, thus making Rivers a free agent.
This will be a great opportunity for Rivers to get some playing time and show off his potential: He’s only 26 and has played at a very high level in the past. While Rivers played for Los Angeles, he was scoring in double digits at the role of a starter.
While his role has recently diminished, playing in the absence of Chris Paul ought to give the young guard some confidence. If he performs well, it’s possible that Rivers could earn himself a roster spot on a team that won 60 games last season.