Knicks guard Austin Rivers arrived as a veteran team leader who was set to close games as a backup. On Wednesday, in his first remarks since the Derrick Rose trade, he sounded like a man about to be traded, sometimes frustratingly forging into the past tense of his Knicks stint.
Once Rose arrived after the Super Bowl Sunday trade with the Pistons, Rivers was removed from the rotation. Rivers revealed he had heard rumors before the season started Rose would be on the way. “As long as I’m here, I’m here,” Rivers said. “I can’t control if I’m traded today, tomorrow or the next day. What I can control is how I am as a player and what I can bring to this team every day. That’s being ready at all times no matter if my name is called or not and to help the young, young guys be ready to play. I’ll just continue to be ready to play here as long as I’m here, for however long.”
Rivers said he and Thibodeau talked after the Rose trade and got the sobering news. “They had told me after the game (on Feb. 7 vs. Miami) that they were bringing Derrick in,” Rivers said. “I had already kind of heard stuff even before the season started that he was going to be coming here. My whole thing is, control what I can control. When they had told me he was coming I said ‘okay’ and obviously there’s been stuff about me being moved to other places. With all this kind of up in the air right now, my thing is as long as I’m a Knick just to be professional. I don’t know what can happen today or tomorrow or next week or the week after that. Every day that I’m here I’m always going to be all in.”
Steve Popper: Austin Rivers mentioned talk of trades - but said he will be professional as long as he's in NY, where he still has his enthusiasm for the team. He said he always believed D-Rose was coming and knew what it could mean.
Ian Begley: Austin Rivers says, as a competitor, it's frustrating to be out of the rotation. He said Knicks talked to him after the Derrick Rose trade. Rivers adds that it's 'unfortunate' that he's out of rotation but his 'enthusiasm is still there' for the city and the team.
The arrival of Rose brings help for the NBA's 25th-rated offensive team and creates an overlap of veteran guards, including starter Elfrid Payton and Austin Rivers. Rivers is likely to become a player that contenders seek in trade talks as teams look to fortify backcourts closer to the March 25 trade deadline.
The Washington Wizards announced today that they have acquired forward Trevor Ariza from the Phoenix Suns in exchange for forward Kelly Oubre Jr. and guard Austin Rivers. “Trevor has been one of the most effective, efficient and versatile players at his position for over a decade,” said Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld. “We are obviously very familiar with the leadership and experience he brings as one of the league’s most respected professionals and look forward to welcoming him back to the team.”
The Wizards have acquired Trevor Ariza from the Suns for Austin Rivers and Kelly Oubre, The Athletic has confirmed. After a day of cycling through different versions of the same deal, bringing in and cutting out the Grizzlies and experiencing a trade snafu only possible in the 21st century, the Wizards acquired their target. They wanted Ariza. They now have him. ... The Wizards made this deal for two reasons: The locker room and the basketball court. The effect on payroll is minimal.
Rivers mightily struggled during his 29 games with the Wizards. Meanwhile, there was nearly no realistic chance Oubre was returning to D.C. after this season, according to sources. The Wizards created their own suboptimal situation on the latter. They couldn’t afford to pay Oubre, a restricted free agent after this season, because of the $107.9 million on the books next season just for their four most expensive players — Wall, Beal, Porter and Ian Mahinmi, who is no longer in the rotation. Filling out the rest of their roster and re-signing someone who could earn eight figures annually on his next deal could drive them into tax territory. Paying so much in consecutive seasons for a losing team wasn’t an option.
There were and are other teams interested in Oubre. In fact, once the initial form of this deal fell apart Friday night, other organizations reached out to Washington to see if they could snag Oubre. Some tried to become the third team in an Ariza deal. Versions of a larger multi-team trade floated out there, according to sources. The Wizards held true to working out a one-on-one deal with Phoenix.
Crawford chose not to comment on the reported trade, but he will be a familiar face for Rivers, who was coming off a career season in his final season with Los Angeles before joining the Wizards this season. “It’s too fresh for me to digest,” Crawford said after Saturday’s shootaround. “There are players involved that I know. It’s too fresh.”
After a three-team trade crumbled in spectacular fashion hours earlier, the Washington Wizards resurrected a deal to acquire Phoenix Suns forward Trevor Ariza, league sources told ESPN. The Wizards are sending forward Kelly Oubre Jr. and guard Austin Rivers to the Suns in the deal, league sources said.
Once that deal fell apart, the Suns re-engaged with the Los Angeles Lakers on trade talks for Ariza, league sources said. Suns owner Robert Sarver and interim general manager James Jones were working with Ariza's agent, Aaron Mintz, on brokering a deal with the Lakers, but it never materialized. The Lakers were unwilling to include one of their core young players in the trade, and the Suns ultimately moved back to complete a deal with the Wizards.
After an initial three-team trade was scrapped Friday night, the Phoenix Suns have agreed to trade Trevor Ariza to the Washington Wizards, league sources told ESPN. Sources said the Wizards are sending Austin Rivers and Kelly Oubre Jr. to the Suns. A trade call is set for Saturday, sources said.
John Gambadoro: Suns sending Ariza to Washington for Oubre and Rivers. Darren Wolfson: #Twolves were not involved in 3rd team talks that fell apart. As we approach Feb. 7, Tolliver is worth watching. Enough teams are monitoring his situation here, including the Lakers who tried for Ariza. No Taj tonight, so maybe AT finally gets some run again.Darren Wolfson agregado,
Bobby Marks: All three players, Trevor Ariza ($15M), Austin Rivers ($12.65M) and Kelly Oubre Jr. ($3.3M) are on expiring contracts. Oubre Jr. will be a restricted free agent and the Suns will have the right to tender the forward a $4.5M qualifying offer. The Wizards will create a $3.3M trade exception to go along with a $5.45M, $1.3M, $957K and $694K exception. The Washington tax bill will drop from $9.8M to $8.3M but will likely increase based on the team now falling below the minimum roster requirement of 14.
Chris Miller: Confirming @Washington Wizards have traded @Kelly Oubre @Austin Rivers to @Phoenix Suns for @Trevor Ariza. First reported by @Adrian Wojnarowski #DCFamily
Adrian Wojnarowski: Washington believes it was told Dillon Brooks in conversations with Memphis. The Grizzlies insist they told Washington it was MarShon. One rival GM texted me and said: "Maybe Washington can put Scott Brooks in if there has to be a Brooks in the deal." Welcome to NBA Trade Season.
A three-team deal that would have sent Trevor Ariza to the Washington Wizards and Kelly Oubre to the Memphis Grizzlies is dead over which Brooks -- MarShon or Dillon -- the Phoenix Suns had believed they were getting, league sources said. The Grizzlies and Suns didn't communicate directly on the trade, using Washington as a conduit in coordinating the three-team deal, sources told ESPN.
The Grizzlies believed they were trading MarShon Brooks to Phoenix, but the Suns believed it was Dillon. But Memphis would not put Dillon Brooks in the trade, sources said, leading to the agreement being called off.
Candace Buckner: Ok who knows what's happening but abt 30 mins ago Austin Rivers thought he was traded & said this: “This kind of hit me as a surprise. We got 54 gms left. I thought we had some more time to get this going together but you know, they want to go in a different direction apparently."
Adrian Wojnarowski: Deal is expected to include second-round draft compensation too, league sources said.
Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has acquired guard Austin Rivers from the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for center Marcin Gortat.
“Acquiring Austin gives us another versatile, experienced player who provides scoring and playmaking,” said Grunfeld. “He is coming off a career year and his ability to create offense for himself and others will help our second unit and allow us to play a variety of lineups throughout the season.”
The LA Clippers ended the first-father-son coach-player relationship in NBA history on Tuesday, trading guard Austin Rivers to the Washington Wizards for center Marcin Gortat, league sources said.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Los Angeles Clippers are trading guard Austin Rivers to the Washington Wizards for center Marcin Gortat, league sources tell ESPN.
Sam Amick: Confirming Clippers trade Austin Rivers to Washington for Marcin Gortat. There were some who thought a day like this would never come so long as Doc was still there. ESPN first reported.
They Clippers have called about almost every available small forward type, but no one is in a rush to take Jamal Crawford, Austin Rivers, and a distant first-round pick. That won't get them Wilson Chandler, and the Wiz threw their phones on the floor when the Clippers inquired about Otto Porter, per league sources.
Los Angeles Clippers president and coach Doc Rivers says he is willing to trade whomever it takes to improve his team's position to win. And that includes his son, backup point guard Austin Rivers. "That's my job," Rivers said Friday in an interview with ESPN's Rachel Nichols.
Jackson pursued Rivers as a free agent in the summer but was outbid. Rivers is the son of Clippers coach/general manager Doc Rivers, making such a maneuver complicated. The Knicks had some interest in Crawford as a free agent as he fits Jackson’s profile as a big guard.
A Clippers deal for Anthony would likely include one or even two players from the group of Jamal Crawford, JJ Redick or Austin Rivers, who is the son of Clippers head coach Doc Rivers.
October 18, 2021 | 10:03 pm EDT Update
Kane Pitman: As expected, the Bucks list Rodney Hood (foot), Bobby Portis (hamstring), Semi Ojeleye (calf) and Donte DiVincenzo (ankle) out for opening night against Brooklyn, while Kyrie Irving (not with team) is out for the Nets. Sandro Mamukelashvili is the back up big for Milwaukee.
The Atlanta Hawks today announced the team has signed guard Kevin Huerter to a contract extension, which begins with the 2022-23 season.
“It was important to our group to secure Kevin as a part of our team moving forward,” said Hawks President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Travis Schlenk. “He’s developed into a versatile, two-way player who can fit any lineup and can play minutes all over the perimeter. We are excited his future is in Atlanta.”
Kellan Olson: Asked Monty Williams about the Cardinals’ COVID-19 outbreak: “This thing is real. I’ve had family members affected by it. Early on I lost a niece. I’m on my kids about their masks in school. It’s a health issue. It’s not politics, it’s a health issue. We gotta stay on top of it.”
Village Roadshow has signed NBA star Kevin Garnett to a first-look partnership, which will span television, film and digital content. Garnett runs Content Cartel Studios with partners Brian Bennett and Mike Marangu.
The first project up at the global-facing company is a feature documentary on hall of famer Wilt Chamberlain, who holds two NBA championships and in 1962 became the only player to score 100 points in a single game. The documentary will be directed by Gotham Chopra from Religion of Sports, and produced by Content Cartel, Heeltap Entertainment and Happy Madison.