"To be honest, it was weird. Just because it was so business. People don't understand from the outside looking in that's kind of how our relationship is. But it's different when it's something like this because now money's involved. Coaching is simple. He's always been a coach to me. He's always been like a coach. He's never really been -- he's always been a father when he had time to be, I'm not trying to say he's not a father, but [our] relationship has always been coach/player. And it's worked out," Austin said after the Clippers' summer league game at Amway Center. "
"So in this process, it was now president vs. player, so it was different," Austin said. "And he told me and I told him, it's a business, man. The fact is if Durant would have signed there, then me and Jamal would have been somewhere else. It's just strictly a business [move]. At the end of the day, you're trying to win. So we understood that. It came down to I wasn't going to wait that much longer. Jamal's sitting here trying to figure something out. It's a stressful process ... I wanted to be back here, and that's why I decided to come back."
Free-agent guard Austin Rivers has agreed to a three-year, $35 million-plus deal to return to the Los Angeles Clippers, league sources told The Vertical.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent guard Austin Rivers has agreed to a deal to return to the Los Angeles Clippers, league sources tell @The Vertical.
Ian Begley: The Knicks also have interest in Austin Rivers, Eric Gordon and Jamal Crawford, among others, to fill their void at shooting guard.
Ian Begley: In addition to Lee, the Knicks have shown interest in Austin Rivers and Eric Gordon, per sources. They have also had contact with Dwyane Wade, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst.
Marc Berman: As expected, #Knicks reached out to Courtney Lee to be starting SG, and Austin Rivers, backup PG. Rivers' price tag won't be crazy.
Prior to them hitting the market Thursday night, the Clippers already had contact with Jeff Green, Austin Rivers, Luc Mbah a Moute, Cole Aldrich, Jamal Crawford and Wesley Johnson, according to a source. Doc Rivers has publicly said he hopes to re-sign as many of them as possible.
If the Clippers are unable to get Durant to agree to join the team, a move that would then trigger a flurry of other moves, they’ll turn their attention to their other top priority – re-signing their own free agents. With most of their salary cap – more than $70 million of it – going to Paul, Griffin, Jordan and Redick – the Clippers hope to keep their top three free agents – Jeff Green, Jamal Crawford and Austin Rivers. The Clippers have “Bird rights” for Green and Crawford and “early Bird rights” for Rivers, enabling them to go over the salary cap to re-sign those players. The team also has interest in re-signing reserves Cole Aldrich and Wesley Johnson, though the fear is both players will be out of the Clippers’ price range once they hit the market. The Clippers will still meet with Aldrich, though. And just because the Clippers have the ability to pay Green, Crawford and Rivers, there are no guarantees they’re able to secure all three.
In addition to pursuing Durant in free agency, the Clippers have several short-term free-agent priorities to re-sign for next season, including Jeff Green, Austin Rivers, Jamal Crawford and Cole Aldrich. Two of the Clippers’ three All-Stars – Chris Paul and Blake Griffin – could become free agents in the summer of 2017.
Brad Turner: Austin Rivers plans on talking with Clippers, several teams when free agency opens tomorrow night, per source.
Brad Turner: Can confirm Clippers guard Austin Rivers opted out of contract that would have paid him $3.3 mil next season. Rivers will be free agent.
Marc J. Spears: Clippers guard Austin Rivers has decided not to exercise his player option for next season & will test free agency this summer. @ASM_SPORTS
Austin has a player option next season, and he said everything’s happened so fast from a year ago when he was a free agent. There wasn’t much demand then, when he returned to the Clippers. “Now, it’s obviously a whole different story and a whole different situation,” Austin said. “I’m taking it day by day. I love my teammates here, I’ve learned so much since I’ve been here, how to be a man, how to be a player, just how to be a professional, how to work at it, how to be a leader. “We’ll see. This is a new situation for me.”
One thing’s certain: Doc Rivers is proud as a peacock. “More, I guess, the next day because of all the texts and calls,” he said. “I got a lot of calls from other coaches around the league. They kept saying, ‘Your son,’ and I thought, ‘Wow, that’s cool.’”
Free-agent guard Austin Rivers has reached agreement on a two-year, $6.4 million contract to re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The second year of the contract is a player option, sources said. Because New Orleans had previously declined Rivers' fourth-year option, the most the Clippers could pay him is what his 2015-16 salary would have been if the option had been exercised.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent Austin Rivers has agreed on a deal to return to the Los Angeles Clippers, league source tells Yahoo Sports
Adrian Wojnarowski: Austin Rivers has agreed to a two-year, $6.4M deal with Clippers, league source tells Yahoo.
Shams Charania: Free agent Austin Rivers has engaged in strong discussions to re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers, sources tell RealGM. Negotiating terms.
Alex Kennedy: If Austin Rivers re-signs with Clippers, as expected, I'm told it will likely be a short-term deal that lets him hit free agency again soon. Austin Rivers wanted to bet on himself with short-term deal. He had multi-year offers, but felt LA was good situation where he'd help stock.
October 6, 2022 | 8:55 pm EDT Update
“And this is not even basketball,” Beverley added. “Two guys fell on the floor today. Half the team helped one guy up, half the team helped the other, that shows that we’re building a brotherhood here. And the more we do that, be a cohesive unit and be together, wins will come.”
“I just feel like, you go through a season especially with new guys, new faces, and a new team, I think you have to build that brotherhood first,” Beverley said following the Lakers’ five-point loss. “That brotherhood comes with trust and once you build that brotherhood and you start to trust each other, I think the basketball comes easy.”
“There was a specific tweet that was put out yesterday insinuating that [Poole’s] attitude or something has changed … it’s absolute BS,” Curry said to reporters. “Andre [Iguodala] addressed it yesterday with his tweet, and we can kind of leave it at that. [Poole] has been great, there’s nothing that warranted the situation yesterday, to make that clear. But it’s also something that, I feel like, will not derail our season and what we’re trying to do.”
Jamie Hudson: Blazers Injury Report: Damian Lillard (rest), Anfernee Simons (rest), Jerami Grant (rest), Jusuf Nurkic (rest), Josh Hart (rest), Justise Winslow (rest) and Gary Payton II (core muscle recovery) are OUT. Trendon Watford (right hip flexor) is AVAILABLE.
Ben Golliver: 7’1” center Rudy Gobert says “I feel good, I feel small” next to 7’4” French countryman Victor Wembanyama
October 6, 2022 | 7:52 pm EDT Update
“He’s solid, he’s solid. He’s like the 2K create-a-player,” Curry said of Wembanyama. “Every point guard that wants to be seven-foot, cheat-code type vibes. He’s a solid talent. It’s great to watch. They had a pretty entertaining game with the Ignite team, so it was dope.”