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Pelicans don't pick up option on Austin Rivers
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
|(10/24/14) The Pelicans decided not to pick up an option on guard Austin Rivers, according to the Times-Picayune.
The decision is due to finances. The club is reportedly happy with Rivers as a player, but the move could bring poor salary cap issues in the future. Rivers averaged 7.7 points per game last season.
Austin Rivers scores 12 points in return from illness
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
|(3/28/14) Pelicans guard Austin Rivers returned to action Friday night, scoring 12 points on 5 of 9 from the floor, including 1 of 2 from downtown, and 1 of 2 from the free throw line in a 102-95 victory over the Jazz. |
Rivers did all of his work in 22 minutes of game action, also adding three rebounds, two assists and one steal. He is averaging 10.3 points, 2.3 assists and 2.0 rebounds over his last four games played.
Austin Rivers expected back Friday
|by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com|
|(3/28/14) Pelicans guard Austin Rivers is expected back in the starting lineup Friday against the Jazz, after sitting out the team's alst game due to a respiratory infection. Rivers got a few days off in order to rest, and told The Times-Picayune he is feeling much better after testing himself Thursday.
"I got a good workout yesterday, and today we had a pretty tough shootaround," he said Friday. "I was able to get a pretty good wind, so I'll be fine. At the end of the day, when you go out there and start playing your adrenaline gets going, you forget everything. I'm just going to go out there and play."
Rivers has stepped his game up recently, averaging 10.0 points and 2.8 assists per game in the month of March. He might end up in the starting lineup Friday with Brian Roberts and Eric Gordon at risk due to knee injuries.
Pelicans shorthanded in backcourt Wednesday
|by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com|
|(3/26/14) The Pelicans will be without a trio of guards for Wednesday's game against the Clippers, two of whom were ruled out shortly before game time.
Though Eric Gordon's status has been known as he deals with knee tendinitis, he is joined on the sidelines by Brian Roberts (knee) and Austin Rivers (illness), both whom were only ruled out an house before tip.
All three will be considered day to day moving forward, with the Mavericks up next on the schedule Thursday.
Austin Rivers scores 14 points vs. Knicks
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(2/19/14) Pelicans guard Austin Rivers scored 14 points on 6 of 10 shooting in his team's 98-91 loss to the Knicks Wednesday.
It was Rivers' best scoring performance in eight February games as well as the first time this season he shot 60 percent while taking a minimum of 10 shots. He also chipped in three rebounds, one assist and one steal in 22 minutes Wednesday. Rivers has averaged 6.1 points and 15.9 minutes over 41 games played.
|Pelicans guard Austin Rivers saw his role shrink in his second season in the league, but managed to improve on his average in scoring and assists. In his rookie campaign, he averaged 6.2 points, 2.1 assists, 1.8 rebounds and 0.4 steals in 23.2 minutes while starting 26 of 61 games. He shot the ball better in 2013-14, posting a 40.5 field goal percentage and a 36.4 three-point percentage. he appeared in 69 games and earned four starts due to injuries to Eric Gordon and Jrue Holiday. He averaged 7.7 points, 2.3 assists, 1.9 rebounds and 0.7 steals in 19.4 minutes per contest. Rivers' numbers may be gradually improving, but his production isn't anywhere near the point where he is relevant in standard formats. Ignore him on Draft Day.
(Updated 8/29/14) |
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