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


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

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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.