Houston Rockets sign Austin Rivers in wake of Chris Paul injury

Austin Rivers started the season with the Washington Wizards but was dealt to the Suns on December 17 and Phoenix released him a day later.

Austin Rivers has been signed by Houston Rockets.   -  (Getty Images)

The Houston Rockets will get some backcourt help in the wake of Chris Paul's injury after announcing the signing of Austin Rivers for the rest of the season.

The 26-year-old guard met with coach Mike D'Antoni on Saturday and the team finalised the deal on Sunday, confirming it the following day.

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The Rockets are in need of guard depth after Paul went down with a hamstring injury on Thursday and he is expected to miss two weeks.

Rivers started the season with the Washington Wizards but was dealt to the Phoenix Suns on December 17. He was then released by Phoenix one day after the trade and became a free agent last week after clearing waivers. 

Rivers, who has also played for the New Orleans Pelicans and Los Angeles Clippers over his seven-year career, averaged 7.2 points and 2.4 rebounds in 23.6 minutes per game with Washington this season.

He shot 39.2 percent from the field and 31.1 per cent from 3-point range.