Rockets Re-Sign Austin Rivers

JULY 17: The Rockets have officially re-signed Rivers, the team announced today in a press release.

JULY 1: The Rockets will re-sign point guard Austin Rivers on a two-year deal, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports. The second season in the agreement contains a player option. Rivers’ new deal will be worth the minimum, tweets Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle.

Rivers, 26, first signed with Houston on a free-agent deal in December. He provided production off the bench behind Chris Paul and James Harden in 47 games, averaging 8.7 points and 2.3 assists per contest.

“I’m just very excited,” Rivers said, according to Mark Berman of Fox 26. “Happy to be on a playoff team.”

Rivers, the No. 10 pick in 2012, spent time with the Pelicans, Clippers and Wizards before joining the Rockets. Houston already came to terms with free agents Gerald Green and Danuel House during the first day of free agency.

Because he’s re-signing with his previous team on a two-year deal with a second-year option, Rivers will have the ability to veto trades in 2019/20, notes ESPN’s Bobby Marks (via Twitter).

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10 thoughts on “Rockets Re-Sign Austin Rivers

  1. clubberlang

    Bringing those guys back and maybe snag Iggy if he gets bought out or Danny Green, makes the Rockets better than butler and a hard cap. Not to mention GS taking a step back. Now if Leonard goes to the Lake Show none of this matters lol

  2. powderb

    I don’t know a lot about basketball but from what I witnessed this guy seems pretty talented and gets a minimum contact. Someone please explain.

    • victorg

      I have to agree I would of thought he would of commanded 10-14 mil on open market.

    • Inc81

      Austin Rivers has said playing in Houston has been the happiest he’s ever been in his career. I guess despite what the media and overall perception of the rockets, some players actually do want to play in Houston, and will take less money to do so.

      • victorg

        I think it has more to do with dantoni … and the strip clubs harden took him too….

          • zBaNStaR

            Also he was a brat at the clippers so I’m happy he’s happy with the rockets

            • noreysol

              I think he clashed with CP3. CP3 felt he was favored because his dad was the coach.

    • x%sure

      powder- Rivers is confident and active and decent all around but lacks an area of expertise. As a backup he doesn’t fix anything in particular. Not young anymore, below average metrics.

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