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The Pelicans continue to get hammered with injuries and as much as the team tries to recover they just keep taking steps backwards. The Pelicans are what’s best described as value shoppers. They are open to trades involving core players like Eric Gordon or even Tyreke Evans – if they returned upgrades. That is a tough sell given what both players are making. The Pelicans look like they are going to trade guard Austin Rivers at the deadline, sources close to the situation believe there has been agreement in place all season to move him if playing time and opportunity did not become available. Rivers has seen his minutes increase over the last 14 games, which might be showcasing him for a deal. The Pelicans usually play trades close to the vest, but their posture is one of a team willing to listen to trades and the fact that they have so many duplicated pieces they might be a dark horse to make a splashy move. Basketball Insiders

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He had input in Boston, but ultimately those decisions were made by Danny Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations. "The (Clippers) offer was so ... it was such a good situation, he had to go," Austin said. "It was a tough situation even then." As far as the crowd's treatment of his father which included a video tribute that brought Doc Rivers to tears, seeing his father so emotional at that moment was not surprising. "I was very happy the crowd was very receptive of him when he came back," Austin said. "They were really nice. It's been mixed with other people; you never know. They were great with him." CSNNE.com

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Because of Randolph's $18.2 million current salary, the Pelicans' incoming aggregate salaries would have to be within $5 million of the of the aggregate outgoing salaries going to the Grizzlies. Therefore, in addition to Anderson ($8.3 million), the Pelicans could consider including Al-Farouq Aminu ($3.7 million) and Austin Rivers ($2.3 million) in the deal. According to two sources, Rivers is unhappy with his playing time and would be open to a trade. Bleacher Report

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New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams has not played second-year guard Austin Rivers in two of the first three games and there is a chance he may not be involved in the rotation Tuesday night against the Phoenix Suns. Rivers, who was the 10th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft by New Orleans, only saw game action last week when he played 12 minutes against the Orlando Magic and scored three points on 1-of-4 shooting. New Orleans Times-Picayune

The Pelicans are loaded at guard and backup point guard Brian Roberts outperformed Rivers in the preseason to move ahead of him in the rotation. Roberts has played in all three games, averaging 15.4 minutes. He is averaging 6.3 points and 2.0 assists. Is it a clear sign that Rivers could be the odd man and could be involved in potential trade talks to acquire a center? New Orleans Times-Picayune

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The New Orleans Pelicans have exercised third-year options on the contracts of 2012 first-round draft picks Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers. Davis, the first overall pick in the 2012 draft, averaged 13.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 1.2 steals and was named an NBA All-Rookie First Team member last season. USA Today Sports

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In 31 minutes against the Rockets, Rivers scored 21 points and dished out a team-high five assists. He also had just one turnover and was solid defensively. "I just think he is right where he should be," Pelicans coach Monty Williams said. "We've heard about Austin since he was in the seventh or eight grade and everybody wants him to be LeBron (James), but he is right where he should be. "He works his tail off. He's probably one of the most competitive guys in the league. He's hungry. He does some things you like from a young guy. He works hard. He's coachable. He's not afraid. To me, you can't ask for more than that. "He's going to have ups and downs because he is 20. But he competed and that's what I wanted." New Orleans Times-Picayune

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Rivers said he has worked intensely to improve his overall game since July, when he led the Pelicans' summer league team with a 18.2 scoring average. Although the Pelicans significantly improved their backcourt this summer with the additions of Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans, Rivers said he's eager for the intense competition to begin. "I can't wait for the year to start because this is the best that I've ever felt and it's showing when I'm playing,'' said Rivers, who made only 37.2 percent of his shots last season as a rookie and averaged 6.2 points and 2.1 assists. "Mentally, I have 100 percent confidence right now, where last year I was trying to figure things out. So now when that ball tips off, I'm just thinking about winning, playing and having fun.'' New Orleans Times-Picayune

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