Rockets’ Austin Rivers Returns To Campus

Rockets guard Austin Rivers is back on the Walt Disney World campus, two days after leaving for an “urgent family matter,” writes Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle. Rivers posted the news today on his Instagram account.

Players are permitted to leave the campus, but they must quarantine for four to 10 days once they return. Feigen notes that the four-day wait takes effect only if players test negative for the coronavirus for seven straight days before returning. Those tests can include the ones taken at the WDW complex if they’re away for fewer than seven days.

Rivers wasn’t present for last night’s scrimmage and will sit out Sunday’s contest with the Grizzlies, Feigen adds. His status for the final scrimmage on Tuesday and Houston’s first seeding game on Friday has yet to be determined.

Rivers was a valuable contributor off the bench in his first full season with the Rockets, averaging 8.5 points in 60 games while playing 23.4 minutes per night. He has a $2.4MM player option for 2020/21.

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8 thoughts on “Rockets’ Austin Rivers Returns To Campus

  1. harden-westbrook-mvps

    I don’t know if he’ll play on Tuesday, but he should play on Friday.

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      He is playing in the final warm-up game. Now they just need to get LMAM some action, then the Rockets will finally be at 100%.

  2. bigeasye

    What was the urgent family matter? And I’m guessing not urgent enough for Doc to leave?

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      He turns 28 next week, I don’t think he lives with Doc anymore.

        • harden-westbrook-mvps

          Of course they’re still related, but I highly doubt that Austin’s “urgent family matter” had anything to do with his father. If you recall earlier in the season, he helped get Doc ejected from a game.

          • wagner13

            Austin has a wife. Perhaps the family matter concerned his in-laws, in which case Doc would have nothing to do with it

  3. harden-westbrook-mvps

    No Lakers fans/Rockets haters insisting that he will be missing games and will be rusty when the playoffs begin causing his team to be one and done?

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