Clippers Acquire Austin Rivers

NBA: Houston Rockets at New Orleans PelicansThe Clippers have acquired Austin Rivers in a three-team trade with the Celtics and Suns, as Boston, Los Angeles and Phoenix have officially announced. In addition to Rivers heading to Los Angeles, the Celtics will receive Shavlik Randolph from Phoenix and Chris Douglas-Roberts and a 2017 second-round pick from the Clippers, and the Suns will get Reggie Bullock from Los Angeles. Boston intends to waive Douglas-Roberts, according to Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald (Twitter links). The Celtics will also be able to create a trade exception worth $2.4MM.

After much back and forth between the Clippers and the Celtics, Rivers will join his father, Doc Rivers, in Los Angeles. The elder Rivers was reportedly concerned about the perception that would surround a father trading for and coaching his son, but Clippers GM Dave Wohl and assistant coaches Lawrence Frank and Mike Woodson have reportedly encouraged Doc to forgo his concerns and make the deal.

The younger Rivers has never quite lived up to having been selected No. 10 overall by New Orleans back in 2012, and he could benefit from a change of scenery. He’s in the last year of his rookie deal, and he’s set to become a free agent at the end of the season. Rivers’ career numbers are 6.9 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in 165 total contests. His career slash line is .390/.332/.631.

In Randolph, Boston receives a 6’10”, 31-year-old forward with career averages of 2.4 points, 2.5 rebounds, and a career slash line of .455/.200/.544 over 141 games. Randolph, who previously played for the Celtics at the end of the 2012/13 season, is earning $1,227,985 in the final year of his deal.

The inclusion of Bullock in the deal was apparently one of the sticking points with getting the deal done, tweeted Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic, but the Clippers obviously relented in order to consummate the trade. The 23-year-old swingman should fit in well in Phoenix’s system and could see an increase in playing time with the Suns. Bullock is averaging 2.3 points, 1.6 rebounds, and 0.2 assists in 10.5 minutes per game over 25 appearances for Los Angeles this season. His shooting numbers are .426/.385/.800. He is making $1,200,720 this season, and is in line to receive $1,252,440 in 2015/16. His rookie scale contract includes a team option of $2,255,644 for the 2016/17 campaign.

Douglas-Roberts, 28, is making $915,243 this season, so Boston won’t be on the hook for much in the way of salary after it waives the veteran swingman. In 12 appearances this season, he has averaged 1.6 points and 1.0 rebounds in 8.6 minutes per game. His shooting numbers are .238/.143/1.000.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images. Steve Bulpett of The Boston Herald first reported the trade, Shams Charania of RealGM first reported the inclusion of Randolph and Bullock, Dan Woike of the Orange County Register reported the inclusion of Douglas-Roberts, and Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald first noted that the Celtics would acquire a second round draft pick.

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