The Clippers sent forward
Austin Rivers will become the first
Rivers, 22, has averaged 6.8 points, 2.5 assists and 1.9 rebounds in 22 minutes a game for the Pelicans this season. He was traded earlier this week by the Pelicans to the Celtics.
The Clippers went after Rivers in hopes of improving their bench play, which has underwhelmed in both pace and productivity ever since point guard
Rivers was the 10th overall pick in 2012 by the Pelicans after spending one year at Duke. The Clippers needed to get rid of about $1.8 million in salary to make the trade happen.
The elder Rivers said he believes he's ready now for the challenge of coaching his son.
"He's a downhill guard, which is something we need," the coach said.
Doc Rivers added that he doesn't anticipate that his son will have any issues with playing under him.
"I think players play, they just go out and play," he said.