Report: Clippers re-sign Austin Rivers

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Was Austin Rivers limited to a salary of $3,110,796 with the Clippers next season – the amount his rookie-scale contract called for before the Pelicans declined his option?

I argued no, because New Orleans – not Los Angeles, his Prior Team as defined by the Collective Bargaining Agreement – declined the option.

Apparently, someone interpreted the CBA differently. Or this is just a coincidence.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Free-agent guard Austin Rivers has reached agreement on a two-year, $6.4 million contract to re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

The second year of the contract is a player option, sources said.

If Rivers’ starting salary were capped at the amount of his fourth-year option, the most the Clippers could have paid over two years was$6,454,902.

Maybe the NBA ruled that limit applied. Maybe that’s just what Rivers was worth, anyway.

But, for their sake, I hope Rivers and his agent did what they could to challenge that commonly reported CBA interpretation.