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Chris Douglas-Roberts, Jimmy Butler

Celtics waive Chris Douglas-Roberts


As expected after they completed the Austin Rivers trade, the Boston Celtics have officially waived Chris Douglas-Roberts, according to GM Danny Ainge.

The Celtics acquired Douglas-Roberts from the Clippers this week in the three-team deal that sent Rivers to Los Angeles. Boston also received Shavlik Randolph from Phoenix. It continues the trend of Boston unloading players they received in trades. They’ve already flipped Brandan Write (acquired in the Rajon Rondo trade) to Phoenix and Jameer Nelson to Denver for Nate Robinson, whom they promptly waived. The Celtics received Tayshaun Prince in the Jeff Green trade, and it’s expected that he’ll either be traded or bought out.

Douglas-Roberts could be a useful piece for a team that needs help at the wing. He’s signed only for the minimum, so he can be claimed on waivers by any team.

Austin Rivers makes history as first son to play for coach/father (Doc) in NBA

Austin Rivers

LOS ANGELES — With 2:24 remaining in the first quarter Friday night, for the first time ever an NBA player was called off the bench and took the court for his father’s team — Austin Rivers was just traded for and is now playing for his father Doc Rivers’ Los Angeles Clippers.

How is this going to change their father/son relationship?

“I think the biggest difference is now he has to listen to me,” Rivers joked before his Clippers took on the Cleveland Cavaliers Friday night. “From his perspective, he probably thinks every kid will listen to their parents if you pay them.”

The Clippers got Rivers as part of a mid-season shakeup of their bench. The Clippers paid a steep price moving Reggie Bullock, Chris Douglas-Roberts and a second round pick to bring in Rivers. The trade was not well reviewed by pundits (this one included) but Doc Rivers reiterated many times that he did this to make the team better.

“He fits our team,” Doc said.

What does the younger Rivers’ bring?

“For one defense,” Austin said before his first game with Los Angeles. “Being a physical guard, a bigger guard, just trying to be physical with players. Guarding the one or two spot, even the three depending on who.

“Offensively I can score the ball, and just play make. That’s something I think the team needs with that second unit — someone who can make plays scoring and setting up other guys. Just someone who can attack the basket and kick out to other shooters. When they said they needed that, that’s why I didn’t even hesitate, to do that for a team like this, I had to jump at this.”

The younger Rivers struggled in his debut, going 0-4 from the field with an ugly turnover.

From Doc’s perspective, art of the reason to do this also was a chemistry issue, there were concerns about the dynamic in the Clippers’ locker room and with bench players. This was seen as a way to improve it. While Jordan Farmar (who was waived Friday) may have gotten under the skin of teammates Austin came in talking about fitting in with his role, knowing he was not the star of this team but saying he would look for ways to help.

For the Clippers, trading for Austin and waiving Farmar is part of a likely series of moves as they have their eye on buyout guys like Nate Robinson and Tayshaun Prince.

“It gives us a lot of flexibility,” Rivers said. “Like last year — and we could be wrong with this — but we think this is going to be a big buyout season for a lot of guys, and we wanted to have flexibility.”

Doc and Austin seemed good with how this would pay out. They both said the person really in the middle was Doc’s wife and Austin’s mom Kristin.

“To be honest I never thought something like this would happen,” Austin said. “(Doc) called he up and asked, ‘is this something you’d be into because we need you?’ When I heard that I had to think, had to take a day to myself and think could this work?”

“First thing I did was call my mom, because she’s the one that’s got to deal with this, and she was a wreck the first night,” Austin said.

But he convinced her that he and his father, who have long had a basketball-centric relationship, could make this work.

Now Doc and Austin have to just make history and make this work.

Chris Douglas-Roberts denies there were locker room issues with the Clippers

Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Clippers

Chris Douglas-Roberts played well in Charlotte in the second half of last season, well enough to earn a roster spot with the Clippers this year.

An unfortunate Achilles injury has limited him, however, and he’s been unable to crack the rotation in Los Angeles, appearing sparingly in just 12 games as a reserve for the Clippers this season.

L.A. cut ties with CDR as part of the transaction that reunited Austin Rivers with his father on the Clippers bench. And shortly thereafter, a report emerged that locker room issues were to blame for both Douglas-Roberts and Jordan Farmar being jettisoned from the organization.

From Sam Amick of USA Today:

As for Rivers move, I’m told there was a locker-room/chemistry component involved in cutting ties w/ Jordan Farmar & Chris Douglas-Roberts.

Almost immediately, Douglas-Roberts took to Twitter to respond.

Hey man I know this is your job but this is the farthest thing from the truth & you can ask any coach or player from Clippers @sam_amick

Chemistry issues, maybe, but locker room issues, No. I know you only have 140 characters but be clear here. My name is my name @sam_amick

Two things here: One, Farmar essentially admitted that he was the victim of a bait and switch in his eyes, in terms of what he was promised when he signed and what his role actually became once he was a part of the roster.

As for Douglas-Roberts, he has a right to defend himself, and from the outside looking in, it’s difficult to see how someone who played so little while he was there could (or would want to) cause any real problems.

None of this, of course, does anything to dispel an earlier report that locker room issues do in fact exist, and that certain Clippers players simply don’t like each other.

Clippers waive Jordan Farmar, clearing way for Austin Rivers, likely others

Philadelphia 76ers v Los Angeles Clippers

Jordan Farmar, a backup for Chris Paul at the point for the Clippers, has been officially waived, it was announced on Friday.

This was expected, it was part of a house cleaning for the Clippers that included Austin Rivers joining the team — he will become the first son to play for his coach father in NBA history — and likely others players down the line. Austin Rivers was not with the team at shootaround but is expected to be available Friday night when the Clippers face the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Farmar is now an unrestricted free agent, he didn’t play particularly well as a backup to CP3 — scored 4.6 points a game on 38 percent shooting, had a PER of 10 — but it is possible another team picks him up.

The thing is, Austin Rivers is not really much of an upgrade. Certainly not one that would require sending out Reggie Bullock and Chris Douglas-Roberts plus a pick to get the trade done. While a lot of nepotism questions were raised, Sam Amick of the USA Today posted another rumor.

That really applies more to Farmar than CDR, but in both cases this was about trying to improve the chemistry and clearing space on the roster for future moves. That said, giving up a nice trade chip in Reggie Bullock to bring in a new backup point guard playing less than 15 minutes a night really the smart move here?

The Clippers are looking to bring in other players being waived as well. Tayshaun Prince’s name has come up and he is not alone.

If you have chemistry issues, do you want to introduce the big personality and unrepentant gunner on the court to the mix in Robinson?

The Clippers are looking for something because this team is not what they hoped it would be coming into the season — a true contender.

Five Things We Learned in NBA Thursday: Doc Rivers the coach should be mad at Doc Rivers the GM

New York Knicks v Los Angeles Clippers

If you watch closely every night in the NBA you can learn a little something. We know you are busy and can’t keep up with every game, so we’re here to help with those lessons from another night in the Association. Here’s what you missed while clearing your schedule for the Saturday Night Live marathon

1) Doc Rivers the GM is making it very hard for Doc Rivers the coach. I thought this season the Clippers would take a step forward. Last year they built a foundation, this season they would build on that and move into to true contender status. I was wrong. At least so far. The Clippers are not a bad team by any stretch — they’re 26-13 with two of the top dozen players in the world — but they have not looked the part of contender. One issue is defense, specifically consistency of effort on the defensive end.

But the other issue is depth and lack of good play from the three spot. Which is why the trade the Clippers finalized Thursday makes no sense — they traded two wing players (Reggie Bullock and Chris Douglas-Roberts) plus a draft pick to get a combo guard in Austin Rivers. Is Rivers an upgrade over Jordan Farmar? I would say it’s a wash, save that Rivers is younger and maybe can be developed into something. But GM Doc Rivers traded away two players at a position of need — not great players, but players — for one lateral move at a position where they were okay. Outside of nepotism I don’t see any logic behind this. Even if the Clippers round out the roster with free agents such as Nate Robinson and Tayshaun Prince, that doesn’t make this trade logical. Doc Rivers the coach should be pissed at Doc Rivers the GM.

2) James Harden wants your MVP vote. This was more than James Harden reminding Sam Presti and Thunder fans what they are missing, this was Harden making his MVP case on the big stage of a Thursday night, nationally televised game against another contender. Harden had 19 points in the first quarter (the Rockets had 40) and finished with 31 points, 10 assists and 9 rebounds. Harden can always attack and get to the line, but when his three is falling — he was 6-of-8 — you can’t defend him. Harden was also 7-of-10 on contested shots, he just could not miss. Most observers have Stephen Curry and Harden as the top two people on their MVP ballot at the midway point, Harden just came out and made his case Thursday.

3) It’s still fun to watch Kobe Bryant and LeBron James go at each other. We’re not going to get to see nights like this again for very long, where two of the greats of the game go at each other head-to-head, jawing with each other through it all. And with a smile on their face the whole time. LeBron and Kobe put on a great show (the Cavs won), we need to savor these moments when they happen.

4) The Phoenix Suns just make smart little pickups. Out of today’s Austin Rivers’ trade Phoenix picks up Reggie Bullock for next to nothing. That is the kind of move a smart team makes. Bullock is in his second season and hasn’t been able to really crack the Clippers rotation, but he has shown promise. Last season he was raw and not ready, this season his shooting numbers improved (including 38.5 percent from three) and he continues to show flashes of what he can do as a defender. Doc has the Clippers in a win-now place and just couldn’t give the minutes to develop. The Suns can give him some run (in a more open system) and he could thrive there and become part of their rotation. Oh, and he’s still on his rookie contract.

5) Knicks are horrid no matter what continent you put them on. Carmelo Anthony was back — he wanted to be on the big international stage and he played fairly well putting up 25 points (although the rust showed on the eight turnovers). That doesn’t change the fact the Knicks are just hard to watch. With this game in London Knicks highlights should have the Benny Hill theme “Yakety Sax” as a soundtrack. The Bucks kept moving off the ball on offense and lost their man all game, the Knicks just watched them. The Bucks trust their system and are growing to trust their teammates. The Knicks… tear it down to build it back up. Phil Jackson did the right things with these recent trades, it’s a better plan than the quick fix option we have seen there for so long. But that doesn’t make this team with 16 straight losses any easier to watch.