Rockets signing combo guard Rivers as Paul remains sidelined

Former Clippers teammates Chris Paul and Austin Rivers will be reunited as Rivers is being signed by the Rockets.

The Houston Rockets have reached an agreement with free-agent guard Austin Rivers, according to a report by Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle.

The deal is for the remainder of this season and is guaranteed, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Rivers and Kelly Oubre Jr. were traded by the Washington Wizards to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for veteran Trevor Ariza last weekend. Rivers was then waived by the Suns on Dec. 17.

Rivers, 26, is averaging 7.2 points and 2.6 rebounds. He appeared to be taken aback by the Wizards’ decision to trade him after the deal was first reported.

“This kind of hit me as a surprise,” Rivers said, via Candace Buckner of The Washington Post. “We got 54 games left. I thought we had some more time to get this going together, but you know, they want to go in a different direction apparently.”

The 6-foot-4 Rivers averaged 15 points per game and shots 38 percent from deep last season for the Clippers.

Rockets starting point guard Chris Paul suffered a left hamstring injury during a game against Miami and is expected to miss at least two weeks.

Paul and Rivers have some less-than-pleasant history, dating back to their time spent together with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Sam Amico contributed to this report.

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