HoopsHype Austin Rivers rumors

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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The Hornets announced that rookie guard Austin Rivers suffered a broken bone in his right hand during a 108-102 home loss to the Lakers on Wednesday. Rivers fractured the fourth metacarpal bone in his right hand and will be sidelined four-to-six weeks with the injury. New Orleans’ final regular season game is on April 17, exactly six weeks from Wednesday, so it’s possible that the injury will end Rivers’ season. Should he return in four weeks, he will miss New Orleans’ next 12 games. SI.com

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It was actually Boston's normal substitution pattern, and the elder Rivers held true to his word by putting his team's best on-the-ball defender on his son later in the game. But the whole experience left the elder Rivers uneasy while trying to balance his emotions as a coach and father. "It's just a strange dynamic," Rivers said of only the fourth father/son battle in NBA history. "I didn't enjoy it, honestly. I know it's neat for everyone else, but, as a father, I don't know if I enjoyed that." ESPN.com

There wasn’t much interaction during the game between father and son, and Doc acknowledged there is a sense of relief that the matchup is done. “You know, it was strange. It was funny, the one time he did something, I was about to say something and I didn’t say it — I caught myself — I forgot he was on the other team,” Doc said. “Other than that, it’s just a strange dynamic. I didn’t enjoy it, honestly. I know it’s neat for everyone else, but as a father, I don’t know if I enjoyed that. George Karl this summer, we were laughing, and he said, ‘It’s going to be strange’ and he said, ‘your [son’s] going to play more [than usual].’ And he was right.” Boston Globe

January 14, 2013 Updates

Demps says he’s not as concerned about Rivers as maybe some others are because of what he sees from Rivers in practice and in his contributions outside the box score. “He is fighting,” Demps said of Rivers. “I think of Austin as fighting and doing the best he can and working with the coaches. Rookies are going to have their ups and downs. We hope that he can figure out the NBA game and find his niche. What works and what doesn’t work and what can he do to help the team. “The thing I will say about him is that he’s competes. Some nights he’s not making shots, but his dribble penetration is creating shots for other guys. Sometimes he’ll draw three or four guys, he’ll shoot it and misses it, but somebody else was able to grab the weak side rebound, so sometimes the stat sheet doesn’t look as good as his production. The thing is I see him before practice working, after practice working. He hasn’t given up and he’s fighting and he’s trying and it’s his rookie season. HoopsWorld

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