Breaking: Knicks Sign Former Rockets PG Austin Rivers

In their first move of the day, the Knicks signed Austin Rivers. The veteran point guard played 68 games for the Houston Rockets last season.

New York actually signs Rivers to a three-year deal worth $10 million. The final two years of the contract are non-guaranteed.

With the Rockets last season, Austin Rivers averaged 8.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game.

Rivers has been known solely as a defensive point guard but also is a good shot creator.

Now, the Knicks have five possible feature point guards. The team currently has Elfrid Payton, Frank Ntilikina, Dennis Smith Jr., Immanuel Quickley, and Austin Rivers.

Even though New York recently re-signed Theo Pinson, it’s unlikely he is featured.

The Knicks will have more feature shooters than last season, thanks to the signings of Reggie Bullock, Austin Rivers, and Alec Burks.

The idea for the New York Knicks should be surrounding their young core with vets who can help them mature. Rivers is a veteran that can fit that category.

It’s crystal clear that the Knicks aren’t trying to go after big fish. Smart moves are being made by Leon Rose and the Knicks’ front office. They are hoping for long term success and building for the future.

But signing Austin Rivers sends out a question: What are the Knicks doing with all of these point guards? Could the Knicks package Dennis Smith Jr. and Julius Randle for assets or someone like Russell Westbrook?

 

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