Reports: Austin Rivers being sent to Clippers in three-team trade
The Clippers, Celtics and Suns are nearing a three-team trade that will send guard Austin Rivers to Los Angeles, forward Reggie Bullock to Phoenix and forward Shavlik Randolph to Boston, according to a report from NBA.com’s David Aldridge.
If the trade -- which was first reported by Shams Charania of Real GM -- is completed, it would mean that Rivers will play under his father, Doc, the coach of the Clippers.
Separate reports said that the trade also includes guard Chris Douglas-Roberts and possibly a second-round pick going to the Celtics and that the Clippers plan to either trade or waive guard Jordan Farmar. Douglas-Roberts is reportedly set to be waived by Boston.
Rivers was selected with the No. 10 overall pick in the 2012 draft by New Orleans but has struggled in two-plus seasons with the team. Over 35 games in 2014-15, the 6-foot-4 guard has averaged 6.8 points on 38.7 percent shooting and 2.5 assists.
In Los Angeles, Rivers, 22, would join a backcourt rotation that includes Chris Paul, who is considered one of the top point guards in the league, as well as two-time Sixth Man of the Year winner Jamal Crawford.
Bullock is in his second season since being selected in the fist round of the 2013 draft. In 25 games for the Clippers this season, the 23-year-old has averaged 2.6 points on 42.6 percent shooting with 1.6 rebounds and 0.2 assists.
Randolph, a 6-foot-10 big man, had stints with the Philadelphia 76ers and Portland Trail Blazers, among other teams, before playing with the Suns last season and this season. Over 16 games, he has averaged 1.1 points and 1.6 rebounds.
The Clippers and Suns entered Thursday in sixth and eighth place, respectively, in the Western Conference, while the Celtics are two games out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Over the past month, Boston has traded star point guard Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks and big man Brandan Wright to the Suns.