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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.