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25 Austin Rivers SG
Height/Weight: 6-4/200 | Birthdate: 8/1/1992 | Birthplace: Santa Monica, CA | Team: Los Angeles Clippers | College: Duke | NBA Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 3/1 | Average Draft Position: 170.58
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Clippers speaking highly of Austin Rivers' defense after win


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/18/2015) Clippers coach Doc Rivers received some criticism this week when the team traded for his son Austin Rivers from New Orleans. However, after Saturday's 117-108 win over the Kings, Clippers center DeAndre Jordan said Rivers gave them what they needed off the bench.

"He got a few key stops for us, and he really didn’t give up on any plays," Jordan said. "If he got beat, he was able to recover and make them take a tough shot, limit them to one shot. He’s a hell of a defender; we’re going to need that."

Rivers scored just one point in 15 minutes of action, but added one block on the night.


Celtics announce trade of Austin Rivers to Clippers


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/15/2015) The Celtics announced the three-team trade which sends Austin Rivers to the Clippers, has been completed Thursday.

In exchange for Rivers, the Celtics will receive a second-round pick and Chris Douglas-Roberts from the Clippers. The Clippers will send guard Reggie Bullock to the Suns, with the Suns sending forward Shavlik Randolph to the Celtics. The Celtics also receive a $2.4 million trade exception.

Rivers is the son of Clippers coach Doc Rivers. Despite the appearance of nepotism, Doc Rivers said he is willing to coach his son, reports the Los Angeles Times.

"I think a year ago I probably wouldn't, but I think I would for sure," Rivers said. "I think this team could handle that. He's a downhill guard, which is something we need, so I certainly would."


Reports: Celtics ship Austin Rivers to Clippers in three-team trade


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/15/2015) The Clippers acquired guard Austin Rivers in a trade with the Celtics on Thursday, sources told NBA.com.

In exchange for Rivers, the Celtics will receive Suns forward Shavlik Randolph, while the Suns will receive Clippers guard Reggie Bullock. The Celtics will also receive a second-round pick from the Clippers in the 2017 draft and Chris Douglas-Roberts, reports the Boston Herald. Douglas-Roberts is expetced to be waived. 

Rivers is the son of Clippers coach Doc Rivers. Despite the appearance of nepotism, Doc Rivers said he is willing to coach his son, reports the Los Angeles Times.

"I think a year ago I probably wouldn't, but I think I would for sure," Rivers said. "I think this team could handle that. He's a downhill guard, which is something we need, so I certainly would."


Report: Clippers to finalize trade for Celtics' Rivers on Thursday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/15/2015) The Clippers are on the verge of acquiring Celtics guard Austin Rivers on Thursday, a source told the Los Angeles Times.

ESPN's Marc Stein is reporting Phoenix is emerging as a third team invloved in the trade talks. The Suns appear to want Reggie Bullock, but the Clippers are hesitant

Clippers guard Jordan Farmar will reportedly not be one of the players invloved in the trade, sources told the Boston Herald

The Celtics recently acquired Rivers in a trade with the Pelicans. In 35 games, Rivers is averaging 6.8 points and 2.5 assists.


Report: Celtics to send Austin Rivers to Clippers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/13/2015) The Celtics are set to trade guard Austin Rivers to the Clippers after they are able to clear two roster spots for expiring contracts, the Boston Herald reports.

Rivers was just acquired from the Pelicans in a three-team trade that also involved the Grizzlies in which Boston sent Jeff Green for Rivers, a first-round pick and a contract-buyout candidate in Tayshaun Prince.

Rivers has averaged 6.8 points on 38.7 percent shooting in 35 games. His father Doc Rivers is the Clippers' head coach and president of basketball operations.


Grizzlies' Jeff Green among traded players available Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/13/2015) The three-team trade announced Monday between the Celtics, Pelicans and Grizzlies is official after all players completed their physicals Tuesday, WHBQ Memphis reports.

With all the physicals in, Grizzlies forward Jeff Green and guard Russ Smith are available to play against the Nets in Brooklyn Wednesday. Celtics guard Austin Rivers and forward Tayshaun Prince will be available for Wednesday's game against the Hawks. Pelicans guard Quincy Pondexter is eligible to face the Pistons in Detroit Wednesday as well.


Tayshaun Prince, Austin Rivers ruled inactive for Celtics


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/12/2015) The Celtics have ruled Tayshaun Prince and Austin Rivers as inactive against the Pelicans.

Both players were acquired by the club on Monday. They likely have to take physicals before they are cleared to play, and it's unclear whether that has happened yet. 

Prince is averaging 7.3 points per game. Rivers is averaging 6.8 points per game.


Celtics, Pelicans, Grizzlies officially announce three-team trade


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/12/2015) The Celtics, Pelicans and Grizzlies announced Monday they completed a three-team trade that was first reported over the weekend. 

The Celtics acquired forward Tayshaun Prince and a future first-round pick from Memphis. The Celtics also acquired guard Austin Rivers from New Orleans.

The Grizzlies acquired forward Jeff Green from Boston and guard Russ Smith from New Orleans. In addition, the Grizzlies will receive a traded player exception.

The Pelicans acquired forward Quincy Pondexter and a future second-round pick from the Grizzlies.

"The New Orleans Pelicans are thrilled to welcome back a high character person like Quincy Pondexter to our organization," Pelicans general manager Dell Demps said. "Quincy is a two-way player, a multi-position defender that will add toughness along with an offensive skill set that we anticipate will help the Pelicans win games.

"It was difficult to trade Austin Rivers and Russ Smith. Russ was only with the team for a short time while Austin is an intense competitor that is continuing to improve. We will miss Austin and Russ on and off the court. We thank Austin and Russ for their contributions and wish them success in the future."


Report: Celtics finalize deal to trade Jeff Green to Grizzlies


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/11/2015) The Celtics, Grizzlies and Pelicans finalized a three-team trade on Sunday, sources told Yahoo Sports.

The deal will send Celtics forward Jeff Green to the Grizzlies. The Celtics will receive forward Tayshaun Prince, Pelicans guard Austin Rivers and a future first-round pick from Memphis. The Pelicans will receive guard Quincy Pondexter and a 2015 second-round pick from the Grizzlies. Memphis also nets Pelicans guard Russ Smith in the deal.

The trade is expected to be finalized Monday when the league office opens.


Clippers coach Doc Rivers open to coaching his son


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/11/2015) With reports indicating the Clippers are trying to trade for Pelicans guard Austin Rivers, Clippers coach Doc Rivers said he’s not against coaching his son, according to the Los Angeles Times.

While the idea of coaching his son did not appeal to Rivers at one time, he told reporters he is now open to the idea.

"I think a year ago I probably wouldn't, but I think I would for sure," Rivers said. "I think this team could handle that. He's a downhill guard, which is something we need, so I certainly would."

Rivers was not with the Pelicans at Sunday's practice and the Clippers have discussed using a second-round pick to acquire Rivers, sources told Yahoo Sports. 


Report: Celtics agree to send Jeff Green to Grizzlies in three-team deal


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/10/2015) The Celtics have agreed to a three-team trade that will send power forward Jeff Green to the Grizzlies, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.

The Pelicans is poised to join Boston and Memphis as the third team in the deal for Green. As it stands, Boston will receive Austin Rivers, Tayshaun Prince and a future first round pick, and New Orleans will receive Quincy Pondexter. The move would create a $3.14 million trade exception for the Grizzlies.

Green is averaging 17.6 points and 4.3 rebounds in 33 games this season. In 35 appearances (three starts), Rivers averaged 6.8 points, 2.5 assists and 1.9 rebounds. Prince has an expiring contract worth $7.7 million this season.

The deal could be finalized as early as Saturday, or pushed until the league office opens on Monday.


Pelicans don't pick up option on Austin Rivers


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/24/2014) 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
(3/28/2014) 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
(3/28/2014) 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
(3/26/2014) 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
(2/19/2014) 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.


Austin Rivers looking for consistent role


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1/28/2014) Pelicans guard Austin Rivers has seen his role shrink a bit in recent games, as he failed to eclipse the 20-minute mark for the second straight game Tuesday against the Cavaliers.

Rivers did well with his 16 minutes Tuesday, scoring seven points on 2 of 3 shooting with one 3-pointer in as many attempts. He added two rebounds and turned the ball over twice as well in the 100-89 win.

Rivers has improved on his dreadful rookie campaign, but has seen his role shrink amid a reshaped rotation. He is averaging just 5.6 points per game, despite improving his shooting to 39.9 percent from the field and 38.2 percent from three-point range. 


Austin Rivers scores season-high 17 points vs. Nuggets


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2013) Pelicans guard Austin Rivers scored a season-high 17 points on 5 of 9 shooting while playing a season-high 21 minutes in Sunday's 102-93 loss to the Nuggets.

Rivers hit two of his four three-point attempts and five of his seven free throws off the bench while also recording one assist and one rebound. He'll be a candidate for more consistent playing time if he can replicate Sunday's efficient shooting performance on a regular basis.


Austin Rivers in a 'tough spot' in rotation


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/11/2013) Pelicans guard Austin Rivers has struggled to get playing time this season, and his coach admits that is a difficult situation for a young player to be in.

"He's just got to keep working," Pelicans head coach Monty Williams told the Times-Picayune Sunday. "It's a tough spot for a young guy, especially when you work as hard as he does.

Rivers has played just 25 minutes in four games thus far, while sitting out three full games. The Pelicans' guard depth has made it hard for him to find playing time, whereas injuries allowed him to find the floor as a rookie.

"We play the guys that are going to help us win," Williams continued. "That's the bottom line. I've got to do my job. So I can't worry about all that other stuff."

Rivers could see some more playing time moving forward, as he did Sunday against the Suns, when he logged 12 minutes off the bench in a 101-94 loss. Tyreke Evans suffered an aggravation of a lingering ankle injury Sunday, the extent of which is not yet known.

 


Austin Rivers not seeing time on court


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(11/6/2013) New Orleans guard Austin Rivers has been a DNP-CD in three of the four games to begin the year for the Pelicans. Eric Gordon and Tyreke Evans have been holding down the spots at his position. 

Rivers has yet to amount to much of anything in the NBA at the age of 21 years old. He's going to need playing time first. 


Austin Rivers appears first in second game


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/1/2013) Pelicans guard Austin Rivers struggled to get going Friday against the Magic, in his first appearance of the season. Rivers played 13 minutes off the bench in a 110-90 blowout loss, scoring three points on 1 of 4 shooting. He added two rebounds and one assist. 

Pelicans exercise options for Anthony Davis, Austin Rivers


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/16/2013) The Pelicans exercised their options for the third season of forward Anthony Davis and guard Austin Rivers' rookie contracts Wednesday.  

Rivers and Davis were both top-10 picks in last season's draft, though they had very different rookie seasons. Davis was a member of the All-Rookie First Team, while Rivers was mostly a reserve before a hand injury ended his season abruptly. 


Austin Rivers scores 21 off the bench in preseason opener


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2013) Pelicans guard Austin Rivers led the way off the bench in Saturday's preseason opener against the Rockets. He converted 7 of 18 field goal attempts, including two missed 3-pointers, and 7 of 13 free throws in a 116-115 win. He finished with 21 points, five assists, two steals and a rebound.

Rivers goes under the knife


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2013) New Orleans Times-Picayune reports Hornets guard Austin Rivers underwent successful surgery repair a fracture on his right hand Tuesday and is scheduled to miss up to four to six weeks, which essentially puts him in danger of missing the remainder of the season.