Report: Austin Rivers Re-Signs with Clippers


Former Duke star Austin Rivers has reached a deal to return to the Los Angeles Clippers. This comes from reports by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. According to Wojnarowski, Rivers has agreed to a two year deal worth $6.2 million dollars.

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The Clippers found themselves in difficulty last season when they lost Chris Paul to injury. They needed players to step up and fill the void. Blake Griffin was the most notable guy to do so, but another player who saw extended action as a result was Rivers. Rivers performed well in the playoffs in the series with the Houston Rockets. He saw about 21 minutes per game and averaged eleven points per game.

Rivers should be gratified to return to the Clippers roster. Sure he is playing for his dad, but he spent much of last season withering on the bench for the New Orleans Pelicans. Then he was part of a trade that sent him to the Boston Celtics and finally a second trade that landed him on the Clippers.

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Rivers is a combo guard, capable of playing with or behind Chris Paul. Right now his minutes would seem to come from the point guard spot. This is because the shooting guard spot is full of JJ Redick, Jamal Crawford, and new acquisition Lance Stephenson. That would seem to eat up all the available minutes.

The Clippers’ off season was one of trying to move within the status quo. They made the Stephenson trade with the Hornets, but they have replaced Matt Barnes with Paul Pierce. Their biggest concern was re-signing DeAndre Jordan, which went deep into the moratorium period with plenty of drama for everyone. Now they add bringing back Rivers to the list.

The Clippers have a little Tobacco Road flavor with Paul, Redick, Rivers, and maybe some Dahntay Jones.

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