Wednesday January 14th, 2015

The Boston Celtics will reportedly trade third-year guard Austin Rivers to the Los Angeles Clippers for a second-round draft pick, according to Steve Bulpett of The Boston Herald.

The Celtics first have to clear roster space for two expiring contracts. Celtics president Danny Ainge is reportedly negotiating a buyout with forward Tayshaun Prince, but nothing has been finalized. Prince was acquired from Memphis on Monday in the three-team, five-player deal that sent forward Jeff Green to the Grizzlies.

Guard Nate Robinson, acquired in a trade with the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday, is also expected to be bought out.

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The move will reunite Rivers with his father, Doc Rivers, who has coached the Clippers since 2013. The Celtics acquired Rivers from the New Orleans Pelicans in Monday's trade, and shortly after its completion, multiple reports indicated the Celtics were likely to flip Rivers to another team.

Rivers, 22, averaged 6.8 points, 2.5 assists and 1.9 rebounds in 22 minutes per game for the Pelicans. He was the 10th overall pick in 2012 after spending one year at Duke.

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If the Rivers deal is completed by Friday, it would be the Celtics' fourth trade in a week. Center Brandan Wright was traded to the Phoenix Suns on Friday for the first-round pick the Suns own via the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Mike Fiammetta

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