Report: Doc’s team trading Doc’s sonField Level Media
June 26. 2018 9:34PM
The Los Angeles Clippers are trading point guard Austin Rivers to the Washington Wizards in exchange for center Marcin Gortat, according to a report from ESPN on Tuesday.
Rivers, the son of Clippers coach Doc Rivers, is coming off a career year after taking over as the team’s primary point guard following the trade of Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets. The 25-year-old averaged 15.1 points and 4.0 assists in 61 games (59 starts), missing the entire month of January with a right Achilles tendon injury.
Austin Rivers will make $12.65 million next season if he exercises his player option as expected.
Gortat will make roughly $13.5 million next season on the final year of his current deal. The 34-year-old big man averaged 8.4 points and 7.6 rebounds in 82 games last season. Gortat started at least 80 games in four of his five seasons with the Wizards.
With the Clippers, Gortat provides insurance in case starting center DeAndre Jordan opts not to exercise his $24.1 million player option for next season.
Even if Jordan opts into the deal, the Clippers might look to trade him.
Rivers will serve as backcourt depth for the Wizards behind the star duo of John Wall and Bradley Beal.