LAS VEGAS – Is Doc Rivers having a great week or what?
First he gets DeAndre Jordan to do an about-face on his commitment with Dallas and instead return to the Los Angeles Clippers.
And now he re-signs Austin Rivers, keeping the league’s only father-son, coach-player relationship going for at least another couple years.
Yahoo Sports! reported that Austin Rivers’ deal is for $6.4 million over two seasons.
Rivers’ deal is comparable to what he would have likely seen in terms of annual salary if he signed with another team, one league executive texted to CSNNE.com on Sunday.
“No family discount on that deal,” read the text. “That’s about his going rate right now.”
Austin Rivers was a Boston Celtic briefly when he was acquired as part of a three-team deal between Boston, New Orleans and Memphis with the key player in the deal being Jeff Green going to Memphis in January.
Rivers never played for the Celtics, as Boston included him in another three-team deal soon after he was acquired that involved the Clippers and Phoenix Suns that led to Doc Rivers, the former Celtics head coach, and his son Austin becoming the first father-son, coach-player tandem in NBA history.
Rivers was the 10th overall pick in the 2012 draft but has yet to live up to the lofty expectations that come about when a player is drafted that high.
But with the Clippers in a limited role, Rivers seems to have found his niche.
In 41 games playing for the Clippers, he averaged 7.1 points and shot a career-best 42.7 percent from the field.