HoopsHype Austin Rivers rumors

October 16, 2013 Updates

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

October 8, 2013 Updates

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

September 17, 2013 Updates

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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With the Pelicans acquiring Holiday, it's uncertain what their plans are for last season's starting point guard Greivis Vasquez, who had a breakout season after averaging a career-high 13.9 points and 9.0 assists, which ranked third in the NBA. The Pelicans also have Austin Rivers, who played both point guard and shooting guard as a rookie last season, and Brian Roberts, who becomes a free agent July 1. ''What will happen is best for my career ... So do not worry I'll be fine wherever,'' Vasquez tweeted after news of the trade spread. New Orleans Times-Picayune

June 27, 2013 Updates

GM Dell Demps has been warming up to Burke, a dynamic scorer and playmaker who did everything a college player could to boost his stock last season. It remains unclear if the Pelicans believe Austin Rivers is capable of playing the point long term, but Burke's potential is too compelling to pass up. SI.com

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Three months after fracturing his right hand that abruptly ended his season, New Orleans Pelicans guard Austin Rivers is back doing basketball work. Pelicans Coach Monty Williams said Thursday that Rivers’ cast has been removed and though he’s working, he’s being monitored. ``He looks really good,’’ Williams said. New Orleans Times-Picayune

June 4, 2013 Updates

The Pelicans will take a long, hard look at both Burke and Syracuse's Michael Carter-Williams. But I'm not sure they'll bite. This team drafted Austin Rivers last year to be its point guard of the future and sources say that the team hasn't given up on Rivers, despite a miserable rookie season. With Greivis Vasquez also in the backcourt, point guard isn't a huge need if they're happy with Vasquez and Rivers. That makes Len an attractive option here. ESPN.com

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“Around Christmas time, it started to change a little bit and I started to think about the things that would help me as a player. You want to hear somebody congratulate you every once in a while and I wasn’t doing that with him as much as I thought I was. “He always competed, but he started playing a lot better. It’s a shame that he got hurt the way he did because he started playing some really good ball. Boston Globe

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