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Austin Rivers Just Did What You Thought He Would Do

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The Los Angeles Clippers could be a drastically different team come next season after once again falling short in the playoffs for the fifth consecutive year. This included many rumors swirling throughout the season that the Clippers could make major roster changes in the near future. One player that could be part of that movement is guard Austin Rivers, who is expected to decline his player option for the 2016-17 season making him an unrestricted free agent, according to Marc J. Spears of the Undefeated.

This is right move by Rivers that puts himself in this year’s free agency class with the NBA’s new tv deal finally kicking in. There will be plenty of money to go around, and the 23-year-old could very well be in for a hefty pay raise with a team looking to add depth at the point guard position. Rivers has developed into a streaky scorer off the bench while playing under his father, Doc Rivers, in Los Angeles.

The Clippers had acquired Rivers midway through the 2014-15 season in a three-team trade involving the Boston Celtics and the Phoenix Suns. During his brief tenure in Los Angeles, the 2012 former first-round pick had his ups and downs playing behind Chris Paul. This past season, he averaged a career-high 8.9 points along with 1.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists.

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