I wrote a few days ago that the Boston Celtics were involved in talks with the Memphis Grizzlies that would send Jeff Green to the Western Conference as Danny Ainge continues the rebuilding process in Beantown. While that trade has yet to been officially finalized, it also appears as if the New Orleans Pelicans will also be involved in the deal that will eventually net the Celtics Tayshaun Prince, who will likely be granted his release, as well as Austin Rivers and a future first-round NBA Draft pick. Rivers, son of former Celtics and current Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, is said to be likely headed to join his dad shortly after this first trade is approved.
Father-son coaching combos have had some great success… at the collegiate level. It would be interesting to see how things translated at the NBA level.
Doc is the head coach and president of the Clippers, meaning he would have quite a bit of say as to whether or not his team acquired his son. Doc has recently gone on record as saying that he would not have wanted to coach his son last season, but that he was much more receptive to doing so this season.
In 35 games played for the Pelicans this season, Rivers has logged around 22 minutes per game while averaging 6.8 points, 2.5 assists and 1.9 rebounds. He would likely serve as the primary back-up point guard to Chris Paul with the Clippers, a role currently held by Jordan Farmar.
Rivers has one more year remaining on his current deal, as the Pelicans declined to exercise their fourth-year team option on Rivers rookie scale contract. His stint with the Celtics may not even allow him to suit up for the white and green, although I’m sure he would be quite happy to head to a winning team in L.A. and play for his father.