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NBA rumors: Rockets agree to contract with point guard Austin Rivers

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NBA rumors: Rockets agree to contract with point guard Austin Rivers

In the last week, Austin Rivers has gone from being on the Wizards, to the Suns, to released, to now reportedly finding another new home. 

The Rockets have agreed to sign Rivers for the rest of the 2018-19 season, according to Jonathan Feigan of the Houston Chronicle. 

Rivers' deal is reportedly guaranteed for the remainder of the season, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. 

Houston is in dire need of help at the point guard position. Chris Paul is out for multiple weeks with a grade 2 hamstring strain and will miss the Rockets' clash against the Warriors on Jan. 3. We can now expect to see a lot of Rivers at Oracle Arena shortly after the new year. 

While Rivers is essentially replacing Paul for the time being, the two had some bad blood in the past. But according to Wojnarowski, that didn't stop the Rockets from brining in the 26-year-old. 

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. The Rockets (17-15) are currently seventh in the Western Conference standings.

NBA mock draft: How Anthony Davis trade affects teams' first-round picks

NBA mock draft: How Anthony Davis trade affects teams' first-round picks

It’s draft time!

With the 2019 NBA Draft just days away, a slightly clearer picture has developed. The top three picks are close to a lock, but with the huge trade over the weekend between the Pelicans and Lakers, the draft board could get very interesting at the No. 4 pick.

Anthony Davis being traded to the Lakers changes the whole league, and yes, the draft as well.

Teams are wrapping up their last draft workouts early this week and then they’ll enter the war room phase of the offseason.

[RELATED: Warriors have intriguing options at pick No. 28]

There are a handful of teams with multiple picks and it should be an active evening as teams prep for what lies ahead this summer. 

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NBA rumors: Draymond Green flew to New York, planned to visit Kevin Durant

NBA rumors: Draymond Green flew to New York, planned to visit Kevin Durant

It sounds like Draymond Green might have spent Father's Day in New York.

The Warriors forward flew from San Francisco to the Big Apple this weekend and had plans to visit with Kevin Durant, an NBA source told Marc Berman of the New York Post.

“It’s his friend,’’ the source told The Post. “KD doesn’t have to be recruited by Draymond after being there three years.’’

Last Wednesday, Durant underwent surgery on his ruptured right Achilles tendon at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

The procedure was performed by Dr. Martin O'Malley, who also performed the bone graft surgery on the two-time NBA Finals MVP's right foot back in March 2015. 

Despite their highly publicized verbal confrontation back in mid-November, KD and Draymond remain close and will still be friends even if they are not teammates next season.

Durant will become an unrestricted free agent in less than two weeks and can negotiate with other teams (including the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets) starting at 3 p.m. PT on Sunday, June 30.

[RELATEDReport: Rockets owner expresses regret over CP3's contract]

Draymond is slated to become an unrestricted free agent in 2020 but is eligible to sign an extension (worth a maximum of about $100 million over four seasons) with the Warriors this summer.

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