Austin Rivers and the Clippers are nearing an agreement on a new contract.
Austin Rivers said he hasn't ruled out a return to the Clippers, but wants to explore the free agent market.
Coach Doc Rivers said adding Austin Rivers "was a gamble" for him this season.
Coach Doc Rivers said calling Austin Rivers' mom would be his easiest free agent pitch.
Austin Rivers bruised his hip during the third quarter of Game 5 but he quickly returned to finish with eight points, one 3-pointer, one rebound, one assist and one steal in 21 minutes.
Austin Rivers scored 25 points in Friday's Game 3 blowout win over the Rockets, hitting 10-of-13 shots (including three treys) with six rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 23 minutes.
Austin Rivers started at point guard again on Wednesday, but hit just 4-of-9 shots and a 3-pointer for 10 points and two assists in a loss to the Rockets.
Austin Rivers is listed as the probable starter for Game 2 against the Rockets on Wednesday.
Austin Rivers said there are sets he can run that Chris Paul can't and vice versa.
Austin Rivers started for injured Chris Paul (hamstring) and scored 17 points on 5-of-12 shooting (including four threes) with one rebound, three assists and four steals in Monday's Game 1 win over the Rockets.
Austin Rivers will start for injured Chris Paul (hamstring) in Monday's Game 1 opener against the Rockets.
Austin Rivers was fantastic for the Clippers during their Game 4 win over the Spurs on Sunday, scoring 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting through just 17 minutes of action.
Austin Rivers had seven points, two rebounds and two assists in 17 minutes during Tuesday's 105-100 win vs. the Lakers.
Austin Rivers posted another productive line in 24 minutes on Sunday -- seven points, five rebounds and four assists with one steal and one block.