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NBA: Rockets sign free agent Austin Rivers

The Houston Rockets have signed free-agent guard Austin Rivers.

Rivers appeared in 29 games with two starts for the Washington Wizards this season before being traded to the Phoenix Suns on Dec. 17 and being released the next day.

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The 26-year-old was the 10th overall pick in the 2012 draft, by New Orleans. He has appeared in 437 games with 132 starts and has averaged 9.3 points, 2.4 assists and 2.1 rebounds per game in his career.

Rivers was with the Clippers from 2015 until he was traded in June to Washington. He had his best season last year, when he averaged 15.1 points with four assists and 2.4 rebounds per games for Los Angeles.

In the spirit of giving

Victor Oladipo got an early jump on the giving season.

The Indiana Pacers star gifted the Kia he won as the 2017-18 most improved player to a domestic violence survivor who works with the Julian Center, an Indianapolis organization supporting domestic violence survivors.

Renita Hills was honored on the court during the Pacers’ game Sunday against Washington. Oladipo appeared in a taped message with the car and called Hills “an inspiration to so many people.” Pacers mascot Boomer then gave the keys to Hills.

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