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January 17, 2015 Updates

The justifiable question about his addition, of course, is whether Doc made this move with only the best of intentions for his team or if there was an element of nepotism involved here that could make for a challenging situation. "He fits our team," said Doc Rivers, whose uncle, Jim Brewer, played for the Cavaliers with Carr in the mid-1970s when Mr. Cavalier, as they called Carr, became Doc's favorite. "We had a small opportunity this summer (to get Austin in a trade with the Pelicans), and for me, I was like, 'Ah, I don't know.' But at the end of the day, my job is to do what I think is the best for the team, not the best for me or what's comfortable for me. "We felt like this was (it). That (roster fit) probably swayed me more than the father part swayed me. I can tell you that…As far as the executive (role he plays), I had to think of it in those terms, and it made sense for us." USA Today Sports

"If I'm not playing well, he's going to sit me," Austin said. "I'm sitting on the bench. It is what it is. He wants to win. My dad's the type of guy when I was five years old, if we played checkers, he would not let me win. That's just kind of how he is. He's not doing any favors for me. "I've got to earn everything here, and I think the guys know that. If we didn't have the high-character of guys we had here, I don't think we would've made the move. But they're all high-character guys here." USA Today Sports

The 22-year-old guard averaged 6.8 points, 2.3 assists and 1.9 rebounds off the bench in 35 games with New Orleans. The Pelicans were 13 1/2 games back in the West standings Friday night, while the Clippers were 6 1/2 behind before they hosted Cleveland. Austin Rivers became the first player in NBA history to play for his father. "History, oh great," Doc said beforehand. "I don't really care about that. I want to win and make our team better." So does his son. "I was really excited because this is a playoff, championship-caliber team," Austin said. "I can score the ball and play-make. That's something the team needs in the second unit." USA Today Sports

Doc Rivers and Austin Rivers became the first father-son coach-player duo in NBA history on Friday after Austin was traded to the Clippers in a three-team deal on Thursday. Doc and Austin downplayed any possibility of nepotism before the game, with Austin saying his dad wouldn’t make this move or play him just because he’s his son. “My dad is too focused on his thing for that to even be an issue;that's almost a disrespectful thing to my dad," Austin said. "My dad would never, ever play me over somebody because I'm his son. If I'm not playing well, I'm sitting on the bench. He wants to win. My dad's the type of guy when I was 5 years old, we played checkers and he would not let me win.” ESPN.com

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