Austin Rivers is expected to have a very brief stay in Phoenix after he was traded from the Washington Wizards to the Suns on Saturday as part of a deal involving Kelly Oubre and Trevor Ariza, and it sounds like there are a number of teams that would like to add the veteran guard.
Shams Charania of The Athletic initially reported on Tuesday that the Memphis Grizzlies are expected to sign Rivers once the Suns cut ties with him, but it turns out they could have plenty of competition from other clubs.
Four to five other teams are still expressing interest in Rivers, sources said. No formal offer yet from Memphis, with several days until Rivers clears waivers. https://t.co/RUkLDrVqJF
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 18, 2018
Rivers is set to make $12.6 million in the last season of his contract this year, and it is unlikely that any team will want to pay him the remaining portion of that salary. The 26-year-old is averaging 7.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 23.6 minutes per game this season.
The Grizzlies were initially reported to be part of a three-team trade with the Suns and Wizards that involved Rivers, but they ended up backing out over confusion about which players they were supposed to include. It will be interesting to see if they end up with Rivers when everything is sorted out.
Austin Rivers will have a very brief stop in Phoenix after he was traded from the Washington Wizards to the Suns on Saturday as part of a deal involving Kelly Oubre and Trevor Ariza, and the veteran guard may have already found his next home.
Shams Charania of The Athletic reports that Rivers has agreed to sign a contract with the Memphis Grizzlies when his buyout with the Suns is complete.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 18, 2018
Rivers was set to make $12.6 million in the last season of his contract this year, and it’s unclear how much Phoenix agreed to buy him out for. The Grizzlies will be the third team the 26-year-old has played for in the past year.
Rivers is averaging 7.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 23.6 minutes per game this season.
Austin Rivers’ career with the Phoenix Suns will be non-existent.
Rivers was traded to the Suns by the Washington Wizards as part of a trade Saturday that also involved Kelly Oubre and Trevor Ariza. Rivers and Oubre have yet to suit up for Phoenix, and Rivers won’t at all.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Suns will waive Rivers.
After trade with Wizards, Suns agree to part ways with G Austin Rivers, per ESPN sources. Rivers – earning $12.6M in final year of deal – becomes a free agent upon clearing waivers. As a veteran, sides concluded Rivers fits better on an older team that's pursuing playoffs.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 18, 2018
Rivers is making $12.6 million this season, which is the last of his contract. If he clears waivers, he’ll be a free agent and able to sign with any team.
The 26-year-old is averaging 7.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 23.6 minutes per game this season.
The Washington Wizards, Memphis Grizzlies and Phoenix Suns are nearing completion on a 3-way trade that would send Trevor Ariza to Washington, according to a report.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Friday night that Ariza would go to the Wizards, while Phoenix would get Austin Rivers, MarShon Brooks and Wayne Selden as part of the deal. Washington would send Kelly Oubre to Memphis.
As part of a three-team deal nearing completion: Ariza to the Wizards, Kelly Oubre to the Memphis Grizzlies and Austin Rivers and two Grizzlies role players to Suns, league sources tell ESPN. https://t.co/1EmRCHrjOP
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 15, 2018
A trade of Ariza has been anticipated all week. He signed with Phoenix for $15 million in the offseason but has not played well for them, and multiple teams were said to be interested in acquiring him.
Rivers is making $12.65 million this season and will be a free agent after the year. Oubre is making $3.2 million this season and set to make $4.4 million next season with his qualifying offer. He is still on his rookie contract. Oubre is averaging 13 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.
This would mark the second time Rivers has been traded in six months. He was dealt by the Clippers to the Wizards in June.
Things have not been going well for the 11-18 Wizards this season, so they’re hoping this roster shakeup could lead to some positive results.
Austin Rivers was traded to the Washington Wizards by his own father’s team on Tuesday, and if he’s bitter about the move he is not showing it.
Following the trade that sent him to Washington in exchange for veteran big man Marcin Gortat, Rivers thanked the Clippers organization, his teammates and the fans for their support over the last four seasons. He also wrote about how much it meant to play for his father, Clippers coach Doc Rivers.
Wow, I really don’t know where to start or how to put all of my emotions and feelings into words . But I’ll just start out by saying Thank You, first and foremost to the city of LA and to the fans of the LA Clippers. You have done nothing but show me love and positivity. The acceptance you gave me along with taking a chance on me 4 years ago, means the world to me! At that time I hadn’t shown much in the league….and was still trying to learn . And for you all to accept me and give me a chance to grow and play means more than you will ever know. People really don’t understand what positivity can do for someone’s confidence. And to the clippers fan base…. I really appreciate you all helping me find my confidence in the league and cheering me along the way. I know the scenario of me playing for my pops wasn’t easy for people to understand and accept ….some never will, but to the ones who did… I can’t thank you enough. Me and pops did something that has never been done in our sport!! Which was hard for a lot of people to understand but I am grateful for the time I experienced playing for him and the clippers. I want to thank all of my team mates aka my brothers. I Really appreciate y’all helping me grow as a player and a person! I also want to thank all of the coaches and all of the staff of the clippers organization! A lot of you don’t get the credit you deserve! From the great training staff, to all the people that make our job and life that much easier, I really am thankful!! Always will love LA and consider it a home! Thanks -AR25 M.o.a.M
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“I know the scenario of me playing for my pops wasn’t easy for people to understand and accept ….some never will, but to the ones who did… I can’t thank you enough,” Rivers said. “Me and pops did something that has never been done in our sport!! Which was hard for a lot of people to understand but I am grateful for the time I experienced playing for him and the clippers.”
Rivers saw his role increase over the past four seasons, and he averaged a career-high 15.1 points per game last season while starting 59 games. It’s no coincidence that the Clippers finally decided to trade him after Jerry West joined the team’s front office, as Doc was the primary decision maker on roster moves prior to that.
Folks on Twitter got a kick out of the Clippers shipping Doc’s son out of town, but Kudos to Austin for handling it with class.
Now that Doc Rivers is no longer running the Los Angeles Clippers’ front office in addition to coaching the team, the franchise finally traded away his son. The reactions to the news of the trade were as funny as you’d expect.
Austin Rivers on Tuesday was traded to the Washington Wizards for Marcin Gortat after spending four seasons playing for his father, Doc. Doc had traded for Austin and then signed him to a contract extension when he was running the front office. But with Jerry West now involved, the team finally traded Austin.
Here are some of the funny reactions to the trade:
"we need a big man more than you need a son." -jerry west https://t.co/0US20uJWbj
— El Flaco (@bomani_jones) June 26, 2018
Austin Rivers traded from the Clippers, Doc heading into the front office. pic.twitter.com/s7EueIRIYz
— Matin (@matinvatankhahi) June 26, 2018
Austin Rivers: "You wouldn't ever trade me, right dad?"
Doc Rivers: pic.twitter.com/MBOnv0GIzG
— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) June 26, 2018
Doc Rivers trading Austin like: pic.twitter.com/yNaTutvxfe
— Darryn Albert (@DarrynAlbert) June 26, 2018
Live look at Doc Rivers after the Clippers' front office traded Austin to the Wizards pic.twitter.com/7prM8NOHQp
— SB Nation (@SBNation) June 26, 2018
— SpongeBob Sports (@SpongeBobSports) June 26, 2018
When Doc found out Jerry traded Austin pic.twitter.com/tOAmCgfaDn
— Jay (@jfraze123) June 26, 2018
The Clippers finally trading Austin was a long time coming. There were accusations of nepotism going on with the team, with a report even saying Chris Paul was upset over the relationship. The Clippers will no longer have to worry about those issues.
The Washington Wizards were said to be shopping Marcin Gortat in trades, and it looks like they found a taker.
Gortat has been traded to the Los Angeles Clippers for Austin Rivers, as first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Los Angeles Clippers are trading guard Austin Rivers to the Washington Wizards for center Marcin Gortat, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 26, 2018
Rivers said last week that he was exercising his $12.65 million player option with the Clippers. He averaged 15.1 points and four assists per game last season.
Gortat is in the final season of his contract and making just over $13.5 million. The center averaged 8.4 points and 7.6 rebounds while playing in every game last season for Washington. He endured a beef with John Wall last season, which may have contributed to the Wizards’ desire to trade him.