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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Austin Rivers re-signing with Clippers on three-year deal

Austin Rivers

The Rivers family dinners live to see another day!

According to a report by Dan Woike of the Orange County Register on Saturday, Austin Rivers has reached an agreement to re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers on a three-year deal.

Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical adds that the deal is worth $35 million-plus and includes a player option for the third year.

Rivers, 23, averaged 8.9 points per game, 1.9 rebounds per game, and 1.5 assists per game for the Clippers in 2015-16. He was acquired by his father Doc, head coach and general manager of the Clippers in early 2015, leading to widespread punchlines of nepotism and preferential treatment. But Austin slowly earned his keep on the team through hard work, hustle, and an emphasis on perimeter defense, settling into a role as a key contributor for the Clippers’ second unit.

The former No. 10 overall pick declined his $3.3 million option for 2016-17 and appears to have been rewarded handsomely for the decision.

Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders also notes that, on top of the Rivers agreement, the Clippers made an offer Saturday to retain reigning Sixth Man of the Year Jamal Crawford as well, which likely takes them out of the running for Kevin Durant.

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