HoopsHype Austin Rivers rumors
Sources told ESPN.com that the Pelicans have been recruited to join the trade struck Friday by the Celtics and Grizzlies by sending Rivers to Boston and taking on guard Quincy Pondexter from the Grizzlies. On Friday, as ESPN.com first reported, Boston and Memphis came to terms on the larger elements of a deal, with the Celtics agreeing to send Green to the Grizzlies for Tayshaun Prince's $7.7 million expiring contract and a future first-round pick. ESPN.com
Marc Stein: Trade as constructed: Grizz poised to get Jeff Green; Celts to get Tay Prince, Austin Rivers and future first; Pels to get Quincy Pondexter Twitter
Marc Stein: As deal currently stands, I'm told Boston receives both Austin Rivers & Tayshaun Prince ... with Jeff Green winding up in Memphis as planned Twitter @ESPNSteinLine
John Reid: League sources confirm that Austin Rivers has been traded to the Boston Celtics and Quincy Pondexter is coming to the Pelicans. Twitter @JohnReid64
Mark Medina: Mitch Kupchak in statement on Ronnie Price suspension: “We feel that the contact came from an attempt to block the shot and that there was no intent to hit Austin Rivers in the head, and therefore we are disappointed in the league’s decision.” Twitter @MarkG_Medina
In the chaos of LeBron James Day, the Pelicans considered both trading Rivers and waiving him with the stretch provision to make sure they had enough room to complete the Asik deal with Houston. To be clear: Stretching Rivers was an absolute last resort, and New Orleans demanded real assets for him in trade talks, per several league sources. New Orleans eventually traded Asik into cap space after acquiring several nonguaranteed contracts they could trade to Houston — including the contracts of Alonzo Gee and Scotty Hopson, who might have spent time on all 30 NBA rosters this summer. Grantland
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