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Austin Rivers | Guard

Team: Los Angeles Clippers
Age / DOB:  (23) / 8/1/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 200
College: Duke
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Austin Rivers has agreed to a two-year, $6.4 million deal to re-sign with the Clippers.
Rivers was solid during the playoffs last season with averages of 8.4 points, 1.1 assists, 1.7 boards, 0.7 steals and 0.9 3-pointers in 17.9 minutes per game, and of course it doesn't hurt that his father, Doc, is the head coach and president of basketball operations. Rivers will likely serve as a backup to Chris Paul next season, so he won't be worth drafting in most leagues. Jul 12 - 1:29 PM

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Austin Rivers and the Clippers are nearing an agreement on a new contract.

The two sides are currently negotiating terms, so we could see an official agreement shortly. Rivers stepped up in the playoffs last season with Chris Paul battling a hamstring injury, but he will have a tough time finding minutes as long as Jamal Crawford and Lance Stephenson are in town.
Jul 10 - 1:28 PM

Austin Rivers said he hasn't ruled out a return to the Clippers, but wants to explore the free agent market.

"I plan on looking at all my options and making best decision for my career," Rivers said. "I’ll definitely consult my family they've always been extremely supportive. I do love playing for Clippers...just going to be patient and hear everyone out." Of course, Rivers' family is fairly connected with the Clippers as his father, Doc, is the team's head coach and president of basketball operations. We'll have to wait and see if there is a family reunion to be had here, but Rivers profiles as a backup wherever he signs and won't be worth drafting in standard fantasy leagues.
Jul 2 - 10:39 AM

Coach Doc Rivers said adding Austin Rivers "was a gamble" for him this season.

"It was just a tough one for me," Rivers said. "I was on the other side of not wanting to do it, and I’m glad I listened to people for a change. I wasn’t so stubborn." The Clippers will likely bring Rivers back for next season and he should be a backup for them. He won't be worth drafting in most leagues.
Source: NBA.com
May 25 - 7:52 PM

Coach Doc Rivers said calling Austin Rivers' mom would be his easiest free agent pitch.

"I think he loved it here," Doc said. "I even think he liked the coach at times." Obviously, Doc transformed Austin into a capable backup player and his 25-point game on May 8 was one of the best moments of the playoffs. He'll likely be brought back at the minimum next season.
May 18 - 8:11 PM

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.

He shot just 3-of-11 from the field in a game that was more reminiscent of his regular-season play. Rivers has averaged 13.4 points on 50.0 percent shooting, 2.0 threes, 2.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.4 steals vs. the Rockets.
May 13 - 12:42 AM

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.

Rivers started getting going in the third quarter after a sequence of good defensive plays and tough buckets. The Rockets were crumbling at the same time and Rivers' play put them over the edge, as he proceeded to take over the game to the extent the home crowd was chanting his name. This was not a hallucination.
May 9 - 1:32 AM

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.

Chris Paul's hamstring injury may or may not keep him out of Game 3, but the guy you want to rely on when he's out is Jamal Crawford, who was solid again with 19 points, five boards, five assists, a steal and a 3-pointer. He hit just 6-of-22 shots, but seems to be the guy to rely on while Paul is wearing street clothes.
May 7 - 1:11 AM

Austin Rivers is listed as the probable starter for Game 2 against the Rockets on Wednesday.

Head coach Doc Rivers said that Chris Paul (hamstring) is very unlikely to play, so it looks like Rivers could make his second consecutive start tonight. Rivers scored 17 points with one rebound, three assists, four steals, and four three-pointers in Game 1, so he would be worth a look in daily leagues if Paul sits out tonight. Expect an update prior to tip-off.
May 6 - 1:50 PM

Austin Rivers said there are sets he can run that Chris Paul can't and vice versa.

"I can’t run the same sets he does and there are sets that I run that he can’t run," Rivers said. While Rivers scored 17 points to go along with one rebound, three assists, four steals, and four three-pointers in Monday's Game 1 win over the Rockets, he's also saying he can do things that a top-5 MVP candidate can't. We'll just let the quote speak for itself.
May 5 - 12:19 PM

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.

Let's be clear, he had more bad plays than we could count and was a sieve defensively, but he buried open threes and the Rockets were their own brand of terrible. If Paul can't go in Game 2 (or Doc Rivers thinks he can win one without him), then this would be Rivers' high-water mark.
May 5 - 1:06 AM

Austin Rivers will start for injured Chris Paul (hamstring) in Monday's Game 1 opener against the Rockets.

Rivers won't face an impact defender and he'll have quite a bit of playing time to put points on the board, but look for the offense to be run through Blake Griffin, Jamal Crawford, J.J. Redick and Matt Barnes.
May 4 - 9:30 PM

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.

As per usual, Rivers didn't do much aside from score (one assist, one steal, and one turnover), but he did give the Clippers' bench a major lift, and he was a big part of LA's win today. Rivers has actually been coming on for the Clippers lately, scoring in double figures in his last two outings, but he's still not much of a fantasy option as scoring is his only asset. It'll be very interesting to see if he can have a repeat performance during Game 5 on Tuesday.
Apr 26 - 7:00 PM

Austin Rivers had seven points, two rebounds and two assists in 17 minutes during Tuesday's 105-100 win vs. the Lakers.

Jamal Crawford (calf) returned tonight after a 17-game absence, which poses an imminent threat to Rivers' playing time going forward. Anyone squeezing value out of Rivers in deep leagues can comfortably cut him for another free agent.
Apr 8 - 1:28 AM

Austin Rivers posted another productive line in 24 minutes on Sunday -- seven points, five rebounds and four assists with one steal and one block.

Rivers isn't a trustworthy option in standard leagues but it's hard to ignore his averages over the past three games -- 17.0 points on 62.5 percent shooting, 0.7 triples, 3.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.0 steals. He's doing all of that in just 22 minutes per game and it's unlikely that he'll keep up such a scintillating per-minute pace, so deploy him with due caution, if at all.
Mar 29 - 9:13 PM