It was the chance to be a part of a "playoff-caliber championship team" such as the Clippers that sold Austin on joining Doc to become the first son in
Austin, a combo guard, was acquired from the
"I'm viewing it as an opportunity to play for a great team," Rivers said at his introductory news conference Friday night before the Clippers played Cleveland at Staples Center. "The whole father-son thing, obviously people are going to read into that.… I'm just focusing on the basketball part."
The 6-4 Rivers was the 10th overall selection in the 2012 draft by New Orleans, but he has never lived up to that.
He was averaging 6.8 points on 38.7% shooting, 28% from three-point range, in 22.1 minutes per game with the
Now in his third season, Austin, 28, admitted he never saw himself playing for dad, who is also the Clippers' president of basketball operations.
"He called me up and he asked me if 'this was something you might be interested in because we need you,' " Austin said. "When I heard that, it was one of those things where I just kind of had to think, take a day to myself and be like, 'Could this work?' And it does, just because of the relationship I have with him. It's already kind of basketball-oriented.…It's not so much like father-son. It's just kind of like coach-player and then off the court, we deal with that a different way."
The Clippers waived guard Jordan Farmar on Friday after working on a buyout Thursday night of his two-year, $4.2-million contract.
The Clippers remain interested in small forward
The Clippers can add another player because they have a 13-man roster.
"We think this will be another buyout season for a lot of guys," Rivers said. "You want to have flexibility and it gives us that."
CLIPPERS AT SACRAMENTO
When: 7 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Sleep Train Arena.
On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980, 1330.
Record vs. Kings: 0-1.
Update: The Kings couldn't build on a 5-1 start that included a 98-92 victory over the Clippers, falling below .500 in early December to prompt the dismissal of Coach