The father-son combo of Coach Doc Rivers and point guard Austin Rivers ended today. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the LA Clippers traded away the younger Rivers to the Washington Wizards for center Marcin Gortat.
The Los Angeles Clippers are trading guard Austin Rivers to the Washington Wizards for center Marcin Gortat, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 26, 2018
With Lawrence Frank taking over Basketball Operations from Doc Rivers, the Clippers have made a trade that not only frees up the young prospects on their back court but also secures the center position moving forward.
The Clippers got young guards Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Jerome Robinson with their lottery picks in the 2018 NBA Draft. They join Milos Teodosic and the returning Patrick Beverly to form a back court with a mix of upside and veteran leadership. LA also made sure they got a starting caliber Center in Gortat in case DeAndre Jordan opts out of his contract heading into free agency. Gortat averaged 8.4 points and 7.6 rebounds, playing all 82 games for the Wizards last season.
The Wizards finally got a third guard to compliment Bradley Beal and John Wall. Rivers is a combo guard that can create and score. He can slot in beside Beal as the primary playmaker or next to Wall as the off-ball option. Rivers played 61 games last season and averaged 15.1 points and 4.0 assists. “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,” Wizards GM Ernie Grunfeld said in a statement.
This also opens up the starting Center position for Washington. They can elevate Ian Mahinmi who they signed in 2016 as the starter or make a move to get another center. The Wizards have been linked to New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins in several rumors.
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