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AUSTIN RIVERS (SG)
  • Jul 02 2016, 17:06 PM

    Update: Rivers agreed to a three-year deal to stay with the Clippers, Dan Woike of the LA Daily News reports.

    Analysis: Rivers opted out of his player option with the Clippers earlier in the week so that he could test free agency, and after exploring his options he decided to re-up with the Clippers, though the financial details of the deal haven't been released. Last season, Rivers averaged a career high 8.9 points per game and 44 percent field goal percentage while playing 21.9 minutes per game as the team's backup point guard. He'll likely see a similar role with the team going forward.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Jun 01 2016, 14:27 PM

    Update: Rivers said that he won't exercise his contract option for the 2016-17 season and will test free agency this summer, Marc J. Spears of ESPN.com reports.

    Analysis: Had he picked up the option, Rivers would have been due $3.3 million for the upcoming season. However, after recording a few solid performances on the occasions he received more extended minutes when Chris Paul was sitting out during the 2015-16 campaign, Rivers evidently believes he can increase his salary by hitting the open market. It's unclear if any team is willing to sign Rivers with the intention of making him a full-time starter, but with the cap rising, he'll still likely earn a pay increase no matter where he ends up landing, and no matter what role he assumes.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Apr 30 2016, 07:14 AM

    Update: Rivers (facial laceration) tallied 21 points (8-19 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 4-5 FT), eight assists, six rebounds and a steal over 32 minutes in Friday's 106-103 series-ending Game 6 loss to the Trail Blazers.

    Analysis: The 23-year-old managed a much better outing than his Game 5 effort, despite having to exit the game at one point with a facial laceration after taking an elbow from Al-Farouq Aminu. He wasn't able to do much from long range, but was effective from in front of the stripe and as a ball distributor. While he naturally wasn't able to provide anywhere the same level of play as Chris Paul after the latter's hand injury in Game 4, he certainly offered solid contributions in the Clippers' failed attempt to salvage their season. Rivers took a step forward in 2015-16 with a career-high 8.9 points, along with 1.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.1 blocks over 21.9 minutes.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Apr 28 2016, 06:18 AM

    Update: Rivers recorded 13 points (6-13 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 0-1 FT), three rebounds, and three assists across 37 minutes during the Clippers' 108-98 loss to the Trail Blazers in Wednesday's Game 5.

    Analysis: Rivers started in place of the injured Chris Paul (hand), and posted a game-low plus/minus -23 in the Clippers' 10-point loss. During seven games as a starter in the regular season, Rivers averaged 13.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 2.7 assists in 34 minutes, so Wednesday's output was par for the course. With that being said, since Paul and Griffin (quad) are out, Rivers will need to elevate his game a few levels if he hopes to help the Clippers force a Game 7 by beating the Trail Blazers in Portland on Friday.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Apr 26 2016, 15:43 PM

    Update: Rivers is in the Clippers' expected starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Trail Blazers, Dan Woike of the Orange County Register reports.

    Analysis: With Chris Paul expected to miss four-to-six weeks after undergoing surgery on his broken right hand, Rivers will move into the starting lineup for the Clippers, where he figures to see a significant increase in playing time. Given the lack of depth at the position behind Rivers, he should see the majority of the ball handling duties for at least Game 5 on Wednesday. Still, Jamal Crawford could also be asked to take over at point guard should Rivers struggle.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Apr 26 2016, 08:58 AM

    Update: Rivers is expected to step into an increased role for the Clippers after Chris Paul fractured his hand during Monday's Game 4 loss to the Trail Blazers.

    Analysis: While Paul is still undergoing further evaluations, the expectation is that he'll miss a few weeks at a minimum, and he'll almost certainly sit out the remainder of the Clippers' current series. Rivers is the clear candidate to replace Paul in the starting lineup, with veteran Pablo Prigioni being the only other true point guard on the roster. Prigioni has played only seven total minutes through the first four games of the series, and he's a poor matchup against either of the Blazers' dynamic guards, Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. As a result, Rivers, a strong perimeter defender, will likely see a heavy workload for the rest of the series. The teams head back to Los Angeles for Game 5 on Wednesday, with Game 6 set for Friday back in Portland.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Apr 14 2016, 05:17 AM

    Update: Rivers went for 16 points (7-17 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 1-3 FT), five assists, four rebounds and two steals over 31 minutes in Wednesday's 114-105 season-ending loss to the Suns.

    Analysis: The Duke product got the spot start in place of the resting Chris Paul, and turned in his second consecutive double-digit scoring performance. Rivers was fairly serviceable in increased opportunity this season, and had a breakout 32-point performance against the Thunder on Mar. 31. He finishes his fourth season with averages of a career-high 8.9 points, along with 1.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.1 blocks and 0.7 steals across 21.9 minutes per game. Rivers figures to receive relatively modest playing time off the bench in relief of Paul during the postseason.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Apr 13 2016, 07:03 AM

    Update: Rivers recorded 14 points (4-7 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 3-4 FT), two assists, and one rebound in 26 minutes during the Clippers' 110-84 win against the Grizzlies on Tuesday.

    Analysis: After going scoreless in Sunday's showdown with the Mavericks, Rivers was solid on Tuesday, albeit in a blowout win. With Chris Paul and the rest of the Clippers' studs sitting out Wednesday's season finale versus the Suns, Rivers is likely to draw the start at point guard. In six starts this season, he is averaging 13.3 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in 35 minutes.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Apr 11 2016, 05:05 AM

    Update: Rivers (ankle) went scoreless (0-4 FG, 0-1 3Pt) while grabbing one steal in 13 minutes during the Clippers' 98-91 win over the Mavericks on Sunday.

    Analysis: Rivers returned following a two-game absence due to the sore ankle. If his ankle troubles are behind him, Rivers could be in line to see decent playing time if the Clippers opt to rest their starters in the final two games of the regular season. If the team decides to run its usual backcourt rotation for those games, however, Rivers probably won't see enough court time to warrant interest in any DFS format.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Apr 10 2016, 11:49 AM

    Update: Rivers (ankle) will play in Sunday's game against the Mavericks, Rowan Kavner of Clippers.com reports.

    Analysis: Rivers has missed the last two games while nursing a sore ankle, but after a few extra days off for rest, he's expected to be available to play. Chris Paul (rest) is also back in the lineup, so look for Rivers to come off the bench behind him. Over his last five outings, Rivers is averaging 15.2 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists over 24 minutes per game, although with Paul in the lineup, those numbers will likely take a hit.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Apr 08 2016, 10:21 AM

    Update: Rivers (ankle) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Jazz, Rowan Kavner of Clippers.com reports.

    Analysis: Rivers ankle injury isn't considered to be serious, but with the playoffs nearing, they'll play it safe with their guard and hold him out for further recovery. Along with Rivers' injury, Chris Paul and J.J. Redick are sitting out for rest, so Pablo Prigioni, Jamal Crawford and C.J. Wilcox are all expected to see there roles increased in the backcourt Friday.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: OUT

  • Apr 07 2016, 13:29 PM

    Update: Rivers (ankle) is listed as questionable for Friday's tilt with the Jazz, Dan Woike of the Orange County Register reports.

    Analysis: Rivers missed Wednesday's win over the Lakers while nursing soreness in his ankle, and while he'd likely be able to suit up Friday if it were the postseason, the Clippers may not be as willing to take a chance on having him suit up for a relatively meaningless regular season contest. However, with the team already ruling out five rotation players for Friday, having Rivers available would certainly help the team from a depth standpoint. An official decision will likely come some time after Friday morning's shootaround, but even if Rivers plays, there's reason to believe that his workload will be limited. For what it's worth, the team is already listing Pablo Prigioni, not Rivers, as the probable starting point guard for Friday's game, according to Cody Taylor of Basketball Insiders.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: Day-to-Day

  • Apr 07 2016, 08:50 AM

    Update: Coach Doc Rivers said Austin Rivers (ankle) isn't certain to be available for Friday's game against the Jazz, Rowan Kavner of Clippers.com reports.

    Analysis: The younger Rivers was held out of Wednesday's win over the Lakers, after hurting his ankle in the first game of the back-to-back set between the two Los Angeles rivals. Since the Clippers are virtually locked into the fourth seed in the Western Conference, there was little benefit in keeping Rivers active Wednesday while he was moving around at less than 100 percent. Doc Rivers hinted that he would probably rest some of his starters Friday, but if Austin is unavailable, the coach's plans could be altered. We should know more regarding the 23-year-old's availability following Friday's morning shootaround.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: Day-to-Day

  • Apr 06 2016, 09:01 AM

    Update: Rivers contributed eight points (2-9 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT), two rebounds, one assist, and one steal over 18 minutes in Tuesday's 103-81 win over the Lakers.

    Analysis: Rivers had a breakthrough performance while starting in place of a resting Chris Paul last Thursday against the Thunder, contributing 32 points and five assists in 39 minutes, but he's unsurprisingly seen his production trail off considerably while coming off the bench in both of the Clippers' last two contests. He's now seen 18 minutes in both games, combining for 18 points, six rebounds, five assists, and three assists. Rivers should serve as one of the Clippers' top reserves through the remainder of the season and playoffs, but he'll struggle to offer meaningful fantasy production so long as Paul is active and in the lineup.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Apr 01 2016, 07:23 AM

    Update: Rivers tallied 32 points (12-19 FG, 7-9 3Pt, 1-2 FT), five assists, four rebounds and two steals over 39 minutes in Thursday's 119-117 loss to the Thunder.

    Analysis: The Duke product was outstanding in a spot start for the resting Chris Paul, with his scoring total serving as a career high. Rivers was on fire from three-point range in particular, and has now drained a jaw-dropping 85 percent (11 of 13) of his attempts from beyond the arc over the last three games. Rivers also has three straight double-digit scoring efforts, but is expected to return to the bench for the Clippers' next contest.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Mar 31 2016, 17:26 PM

    Update: Rivers will start in Thursday's game against the Thunder, Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman reports.

    Analysis: Rivers is starting in place of J.J. Redick, who's being rested as the regular season winds down. Rivers is likely to see a minutes increase while he's in the starting lineup, and he should be expected to return to the bench as soon as Redick returns.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Mar 24 2016, 10:52 AM

    Update: Rivers tallied 16 points (6-10 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 3-4 FT), four rebounds, and two assists across 24 minutes in Wednesday's 114-98 loss to the Warriors.

    Analysis: Rivers has reemerged as a reasonably consistent scoring option off the bench for the Clippers since returning from a broken hand earlier this month. In his first 11 games back, he's topped double figures in the points column on six occasions, while hitting at least one three-pointer in all but three of those contests.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Mar 03 2016, 08:27 AM

    Update: Rivers (hand) played 19 minutes and contributed six points (2-8 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-4 FT), three rebounds, one assist, and one steal in Wednesday's 103-98 win over the Thunder.

    Analysis: Rivers was making his first appearance since Feb. 3 after a broken hand sidelined him for the team's last 10 games. The 23-year-old's return most notably cut into the court time of Pablo Prigioni, who played only eight minutes and figures to fall to a third-string role at point guard now that Rivers is healthy.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Mar 02 2016, 12:07 PM

    Update: Rivers (hand) will be available Wednesday against the Thunder, Dan Woike of the Orange County Register reports.

    Analysis: Rivers broke a bone in his hand on Feb. 3 against the Timberwolves and hasn't played since that time. It wouldn't be surprising if the 23-year-old guard faced some kind of restriction while coming off the bench in his return, but he should still get some run Wednesday, as he was a regular part of the Clippers' second unit prior to suffering the injury. Rivers' return will likely mean less court time for Jamal Crawford and Pablo Prigioni.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Feb 28 2016, 11:05 AM

    Update: Rivers (hand) said he will practice Sunday and hopes to return for Wednesday's game against the Thunder, Rowan Kaver of Clipper.com reports.

    Analysis: Rivers return is pretty quick, as the original timetable was set at four-to-six weeks. His return means Pablo Prigioni and Jamal Crawford's minutes will likely decrease as Rivers returns to his regular role player spot in the Clippers' rotation.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: OUT

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