Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers has just opted out of his contract which had a player option to test the free agency market this summer. But according to insiders, it is most likely that he will re-sign with the team when the free agency market opens on July 1.
The 23-year old son of Clippers head coach Doc Rivers stated that he is declining a $3,344,106 remaining in his contract which also includes a player option to see if the Clippers would offer him a more lucrative offer that could see him re-signing with the team and staying for a couple of years. He added that the decision would allow him to see how the Clippers manage his situation.
“Now, it’s obviously a whole different story and a whole different situation,” Austin said. “I’m taking it day by day. I love my teammates here, I’ve learned so much since I’ve been here, how to be a man, how to be a player, just how to be a professional, how to work at it, how to be a leader. We’ll see. This is a new situation for me.”
Rivers proved his worth during the Clippers first round playoff series with the Portland Trailblazers. Although they lost the series, Rivers showed that he could be a reliable point provider in crucial moments. In his two seasons with the Clippers, Rivers has averaged 8.2 points with 2.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists.
Rivers added that this contribution to the team during the playoffs was a testimony to his hard work and dedication. He made a special reference to the series with the Trailblazers which had a lot of impact to his improvement.
“It was crazy, people were hitting me up that I haven’t heard from in a long time,” Rivers said. “I don’t really look at comments and stuff on Instagram or Twitter, but Jamal (Crawford) was like, ‘Man, you should just look at them.’ I looked at them, and it was crazy because it was a complete (180) of what it was in New Orleans.”
His father, Doc Rivers, has already stated that they are trying their best to bring all their free agents back for next season namely Cole Aldrich, Jeff Ayres, Jamal Crawford, Jeff Green, Wesley Johnson, Luc Mbah a Moute, and Pablo Prigioni.
With Rivers set to test the free agency market, it will be a big question as to how will the Clippers work out a deal with him which will also satisfy his father. Both parties are positive that everything will work fine before the start of the new season.
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