HoopsHype Austin Rivers rumors

July 17, 2012 Updates

After declaring that he didn't want the Hornets to match the Phoenix Suns' offer sheet for him – and that his "heart" was already in Phoenix – Gordon now finds himself back in New Orleans. And he says he's committed to leading the young Hornets, who now include top overall draft pick Anthony Davis and rookie guard Austin Rivers. "I wish I could've done a little better with the fan perception," Gordon told Yahoo! Sports. "But also at the same time they don't know the business perspective of how negotiations are handled. They don’t know how being a restricted free agent can be mind-boggling for a player. "I’m here with an open mind and here to help the young guys. They will see the next four years will be better than the last four years of my career, so it should be nothing but good things." Yahoo! Sports

Gordon now says he looks forward to playing alongside Rivers and that the two could take turns playing point guard. "He was never really a problem," Gordon said. "It was more of a business standpoint of I didn’t know what direction the front office of the team was going. I never had a problem with him. I just know that while I’m here I’m going to try to help him in every situation possible." Yahoo! Sports

July 15, 2012 Updates
July 6, 2012 Updates

The New Orleans Hornets will conduct a mini-camp for their Las Vegas summer league team on July 11-13 at the Alario Center. The workouts will include draft picks Austin Rivers (10th overall) and Darius Miller (46th overall), along with four players from the 2011-12 Hornets end-of-season roster (Al-Farouq Aminu, Jerome Dyson, Xavier Henry, and Darryl Watkins) are scheduled to participate. New Orleans Times-Picayune

July 5, 2012 Updates
June 30, 2012 Updates

If I had the chance, I’d do it to. At the introductory press conference for Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers, the two newest members of the New Orleans Hornets, Davis took a playful jab at his new teammate, pointing out their level of success in the collegiate ranks. “Unfortunately for Austin, I won a national title here [at the Final Four in New Orleans],” Davis said, pointing back to Rivers and smiling. “So I’ll come back and try to win…a world championship with the Hornets.” NBC Sports

A league source confirmed yesterday that Duke’s Austin Rivers, taken by New Orleans with the 10th pick, was indeed targeted by the Celtics during their failed attempt to move up the board Thursday night. But Doc Rivers’ son wasn’t alone. The Celtics had targeted “four or five guys” who went in the lottery, including North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes, who was taken by Golden State at No. 7. The Celtics had worked out Barnes and Washington’s Terrence Ross, the eighth pick of the draft by Toronto, during the Eastern Conference finals in Miami. Boston Herald

June 29, 2012 Updates

Today they’ll board Tom Benson’s private jet for the first of countless flights together to New Orleans as Hornets teammates. They will be paired together for the rest of their careers, for better or worse, until free agency or trade do they part. “We’re friends,” Rivers said. “… The fact that we get to go to a new place and embark on this journey together is pretty cool.” New Orleans Times-Picayune

It’s fair to say Doc is very comfortable leaving his kid in the care of New Orleans coach Monty Williams and general manager Dell Demps. And even with Austin as such a high pick, he knows he won’t have to deal with the same pressure as Anthony Davis, taken No. 1 by New Orleans. Boston Herald

“I love Monty,” he said. “Honestly, with Monty and Dell we couldn’t have asked for more. I played with Monty and coached Monty, and then I played with Dell Demps, as well. It’s like having a brother coach your son.” Boston Herald

June 28, 2012 Updates

The Boston Celtics are making an 11th-hour push to put themselves in position to draft Duke star Austin Rivers, son of Celtics coach Doc Rivers, according to sources with knowledge of Boston's plans. But sources briefed on the matter describe the Celtics as pessimistic that they can acquire a draft pick high enough to land Rivers in Thursday night's draft. Celtics general manager Danny Ainge long has maintained privately that Rivers is one of the 10 biggest talents in this draft class and has no problems drafting the younger Rivers to play under his father, sources say. ESPN.com

The Celtics' dilemma is whether they can muster the trade assets needed to acquire a pick high enough in the lottery to get in Rivers' range. Sources say Boston would be willing to part with both their Nos. 21 and 22 picks, but it's believed that teams in the top 10 want more than that. And the Celtics, sources say, are struggling to offer more because they refuse to include promising guard Avery Bradley in draft-night trade talks and lack other assets to sweeten the pot. The Celtics haven't totally given up on moving up in the draft, however. Sources say they are trying to package Nos. 21 and 22 to move into the mid-first round instead. ESPN.com

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