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Austin Rivers
PG/SG - 6'3, 200lbs - 31 years old - 10 years of NBA experience
Free agent - Signed as a free agent in April 2021
  • Birthdate: 08/01/1992
  • Drafted (NBA): 10th pick, 2012
  • Pre-draft team: Duke
  • Country: USA
  • Hand: Right
  • Agent: Andrew Vye (YouFirst Sports)
2012 NBA DraftNBADrafted 10th overall by New Orleans.
23rd July, 2012NBASigned four year, $10,128,036 rookie scale contract with New Orleans. Included team options for 2014/15 and 2015/16.
16th October, 2013NBANew Orleans exercised 2014/15 team option.
31st October, 2014NBANew Orleans declined 2015/16 team option.
12th January, 2015NBAAs a part of a three team deal, traded by New Orleans to Boston, along with Russ Smith to Memphis, in exchange for Quincy Pondexter and a 2015 second round pick (#56, Branden Dawson) from Memphis.
15th January, 2015NBAAs a part of a three team deal, traded by Boston to L.A. Clippers in exchange for Chris Douglas-Roberts and a 2017 second round pick (#56, Jabari Bird) from L.A. Clippers, and Shavlik Randolph from Phoenix.
13th July, 2015NBARe-signed by L.A. Clippers to a two year, $6,454,902 contract. Included player option for 2016/17.
1st June, 2016NBADeclined 2016/17 player option.
8th July, 2016NBARe-signed by L.A. Clippers to a three year, $35,475,000 contract. Included player option for 2018/19.
21st June, 2018NBAExercised 2018/19 player option.
26th June, 2018NBATraded by L.A. Clippers to Washington in exchange for Marcin Gortat.
17th December, 2018NBATraded by Washington, along with Kelly Oubre, to Phoenix in exchange for Trevor Ariza.
18th December, 2018NBAWaived by Phoenix.
24th December, 2018NBASigned a guaranteed minimum salary contract for the remainder of the season with Houston.
Career Moves
2011 - 2012Duke (NCAA)
June 2012 - January 2015New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans (NBA)
January 2015 - June 2018L.A. Clippers (NBA)
June 2018 - December 2018Washington Wizards (NBA)
December 2018Phoenix Suns (NBA)
December 2018 - presentHouston Rockets (NBA)
Articles about Austin Rivers

June 29, 2017

Austin Rivers
PG/SG, 6’4, 200lbs, 24 years old, 5 years of experience

Best season of his career, Career highs in efficiency, three point shooting, assist ratio, usage ratio and scoring, and recorded his first ever positive VORP. His improvement as a shooter was the most important development - free throw line excepted - both in terms of the amount of how many outside shots he hits and how many long twos have become threes, and while he is still consumed with iso ball at times (especially in the clutch), his on-court discipline is improving. If he can continue growing as a catch-and-shoot player and becoming a plus defender with good ball pressure, he could be a fine sixth man, or perhaps Redick’s replacement.

Player Plan: Two years and $25.475 million remaining, with a player option for 2018/19. Keep and keep developing.

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June 30, 2012

Pick 10: The running message we get on draft nights, and thus the running joke that stems from it, is that every team is amazed that the player they wanted was still on the board when they picked, and that they're overjoyed to have landed the one player they wanted all along. This is the story we get even in those instances (like, say, Cleveland above) when a team clearly tried to trade its way out of that spot but got stuck with it anyway. It is very true at the moment, however, as New Orleans bags the terribly facial haired Austin Rivers at #10, a man they probably didn't think would be there then. And who probably shouldn't have been.

Rivers, who likely won't have to do the traditional draftee thing and buy his parents a house, now pairs up in New Orleans with Eric Gordon. Gordon is a restricted free agent this summer, and, as the only top quality shooting guard on the market, might not be easy to retain. But if New Orleans pays whatever it costs to keep him - and they really must - they now have a strong young core of him, Rivers, the aforementioned Anthony Davis and the always underappreciated Gustavo Ayon (who will be so much better than you expect next year). What isn't obvious is how Rivers and Gordon will pair - both are undersized twos that can't really play point guard, and yet unless they want to spend a year subbing in for each other, one of them will have to. However, acquiring talent and taking the best player available is always the right way to go, and Rivers is that. Something akin to the Gilbert Arenas/Larry Hughes backcourt of yesteryear, back when both were good, may just work.

With that in mind, Jarrett Jack is now back in his rightful position - as the league's best backup point guard. It's where he should always have been.

ESPN's on-screen graphics have carried a feedback poll on every pick made so far. For the Rivers pick, fans have voted for a rather high 14.7% rating. This seems bafflingly high. Then again, even Anthony Davis got 5.3% F's. The lesson, as always - people are dumb.

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