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.
Cooler heads finally appear to be prevailing (at least to some extent) amidst the hostilities between the LA Clippers and the Houston Rockets.
Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reported on Wednesday that Clippers guard Austin Rivers and Rockets forward Trevor Ariza spoke to each other shortly after their postgame incident earlier this week in order to work out their differences. Shelburne does add however that Rivers has yet to reach a resolution with his former teammate, Rockets guard Chris Paul.
Addendum to the Rockets-Clippers story: Austin Rivers and Trevor Ariza had a conversation soon after the incident to resolve their differences. There has been no resolution between Austin Rivers and Chris Paul, however.
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) January 18, 2018
Punishments for the incident were handed down by the league on Wednesday with Ariza and Gerald Green drawing two-game suspensions but no other members of the Rockets or the Clippers being disciplined. It’s a bit surprising to hear that some of the tensions died down this quickly, especially after what we learned about Ariza’s role in the skirmish. Nevertheless though, it sounds like things are still pretty frosty between the two ex-mates Rivers and Paul.
Matt Barnes does not appear to look back too fondly on his time with at least a couple of members of the LA Clippers organization.
Appearing this week on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio, Barnes took some shots at Clippers coach Doc Rivers and his son Clippers guard Austin Rivers.
#ICYMI – @Matt_Barnes22 tells @NicoleZaloumis & @RicBucher that Austin Rivers is a fake tough guy who's "arrogant" and Doc Rivers is responsible for "the demise of the Clippers". Hear the full interview On Demand with the @SIRIUSXM app! #LCLonMDSR pic.twitter.com/Y1WYRKEjxr
— Mad Dog Sports Radio (@MadDogRadio) January 17, 2018
“To see them go after Austin isn’t surprising,” said the retired swingman, in reference to the postgame melee between the Clippers and the Rockets on Monday. “Austin kinda rubs dudes the wrong way, talks a lot of trash, and doesn’t really back it up. So I think people are probably tired of that.
“He’s just very arrogant,” Barnes added of Austin. “Hearing guys talk around the league and seeing guys that had a problem while I was playing with him, I could see why. He carries himself like he’s a ten-time All-Star, and he’s not. That kind of arrogance rubs guys the wrong way, and if you’re talking trash on top of that, there are some guys in the NBA that it’s not gonna happen.”
Barnes was then asked about Doc and proceeded to throw some more shade.
“Doc played a vital role in, I’d probably say, the demise of the Clippers,” he said. “At the beginning, he did well, but then I think his players started seeing through him. Say one thing, do another thing, do things like give his son a bunch of money, sign his son. As players, that’s the kinda stuff you talk about — from JJ [Redick] to Chris [Paul] to myself, the guys on the team still. You’ve seen the best of the Clippers the way they’re built as they stand now.”
Barnes, who retired this offseason after winning a championship with the Golden State Warriors, was with the Clippers for three seasons from 2012 to 2015 (not counting a brief stint with them back at the start of his NBA career in 2004). Doc was his coach for the last two of those seasons, and Austin was his teammate for the last one.
We recently heard similar comments from another former Clipper who was on the team with the Rivers family, and it seems that this is becoming something of a trend for players once they depart from Lob City.