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Thunder forward Nick Collison and New Orleans guard Austin Rivers were ejected in the second quarter of the Thunder’s 101-89 loss to the Pelicans on Monday night. The two exchanged shoves and had to be separated before coming to blows. The incident began on a Thunder offensive possession. Collison attempted to set a screen on Rivers, who took exception to the contact and pushed Collison. Collison threw both arms in the air and looked around for the refs to make a call. It didn’t come. As the two transitioned to the other end, Collison then took matters into his own hands, delivering a forceful forearm shove into Rivers’ back. Rivers turned and charged at Collison, who appeared to briefly cock back his fist. The two were then separated and a double technical foul was called before referees reviewed the incident and upgraded it to double ejections. Oklahoman

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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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