Father knows best?
The 22-year-old shooting guard could only trust his father knew what he was doing Thursday when
Rivers was born in Santa Monica, spent part of his recent summers with his family in a Westwood high-rise condominium and is now on the verge of attempting what he hopes is a Hollywood turnaround.
Rivers has largely disappointed in his first three professional seasons, posting modest statistics for a player selected No. 10 overall in the 2012
Rivers was traded Monday by the
Like any young adult wondering what to do next, Rivers is turning to his dad, who just happens to be in a position to change the arc of his son's career.
Doc Rivers essentially runs the Clippers as coach and president of basketball operations, though he was hesitant to the idea of adding his son to the roster before several underlings convinced him the move might make sense. The Clippers have one of the most underachieving benches in the
Austin Rivers is also in position to make league history as the first son to play for his father.
"He's a downhill guard, which is something we need," Doc Rivers said recently, "so I certainly would" be open to coaching him.
The Clippers were hoping to complete the trade by Thursday, though it would require the cooperation of a third team because Boston was believed to be unwilling to add salary as part of any deal. The Clippers needed to unload roughly $1.8 million in salary to make the trade work.
In the deal, guard
The trade for Rivers' son might stoke smoldering concerns among Clippers fans already worried about Doc Rivers' brief track record with personnel moves.
For all his coaching smarts and steadying presence during the
He traded an emerging phenom in
And that doesn't even account for his most recent off-season moves, the acquisitions of massive letdowns