Doc Rivers trades for his son, Austin

January 15, 2015

The Los Angeles Clippers today acquired guard Austin Rivers, son of Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, as part of a three-team trade with the Boston Celtics and Phoenix Suns the team announced today.

In exchange for Rivers, the Clippers sent forward Chris-Douglas Roberts and a 2017 second round draft pick to the Celtics and forward Reggie Bullock to the Suns. The Celtics received forward Shavlik Randolph from Phoenix in the trade.

A stand-out at Duke University for one season in 2011-12, Rivers was the 10th selection in the 2012 NBA Draft by the New Orleans Hornets.

Since then Rivers had appeared in 165 career games in the NBA, averaging 6.9 points, 2.3 assists and 1.9 rebounds in 21.4 minutes before being traded to Boston on Jan. 12. This season, the 6-foot-4 inch Rivers has made 35 appearances (three starts) for the Pelicans and is averaging 6.8 points, 1.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 21.4 minutes per game.

Rumors of a possible trade for Rivers by the Clippers had been swirling for the past week. Head Coach Doc Rivers surprisingly addressed those rumors directly earlier in the week noting that he had not felt comfortable coaching his own son in previous years, but now was open to the idea as he viewed the younger Rivers as a "downhill guard" who could help the Clippers.

Bullock was drafted out of North Carolina by the Clippers with the 25th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. In 68 career games (two starts) with Los Angeles, Bullock averaged 2.6 points and 1.4 rebounds in 9.7 minutes per game.

Douglas-Roberts, 28, was signed by the Clippers on Sept. 3, 2014 and appeared in 12 games this season, averaging 1.6 points and 1.0 rebounds in 8.6 minutes per game.

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