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Report: Suns could get Reggie Bullock in trade that sends Austin Rivers from Celtics to Clippers

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Sacremento Kings v New Orleans Pelicans

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The Clippers have reportedly discussed trading for Austin Rivers, Doc Rivers’ son who was traded from the Pelicans to the Celtics last week.

But the hard-capped Clippers can’t easily add Austin’s salary, so they were looking for a third team to facilitate the deal.

They may have found it.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

The Clippers would have to send Boston a draft pick, likely a second rounder, for Rivers. Add the loss of Reggie Bullock – the No. 25 pick in the 2013 draft – and acquiring the coach’s son suddenly gets costly.

I understand buying low on someone who was the No. 10 pick just three years ago, but by the time the Clippers complete all the cap gymnastics necessary to land Rivers, how low will they actually be buying?

Complicating matters, all three teams have 15 players, the roster-size limit. The Celtics could free flexibility by completing expected buyouts of Nate Robinson and Tayshaun Prince, but neither is official yet.