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Austin Rivers agrees to 2-year, $6.4 million deal with Clippers, according to report

The guard will stay in L.A. with his father.

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Free agent guard Austin Rivers has agreed to a two-year, $6.4 million deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Rivers never ruled out a return to the Clippers, but he did say he was going to explore his options in free agency, according to ESPN's Marc Stein. This was after it was reported in May that Doc Rivers and the Clippers were interested in re-signing the guard this summer.

Rivers isn't the NBA star his father hoped he would be, but he's a solid player who can give a team good minutes off the bench. He's not the greatest defensive player and struggles from deep, but at 22, can still develop into a key cog on an NBA team.

In his 41 games with the Clippers last season -- he played 35 with the Pelicans before being acquired my Los Angeles midseason -- Rivers averaged 7.1 points in 19.3 minutes per game. He hit just 30.9 percent from deep, something he will need to improve on if he wants to have a bigger impact.

Doc Rivers was able to re-sign his son after almost losing DeAndre Jordan. With Chris Paul and Blake Griffin coming back, too, the Clippers are a dangerous team in the West. Rivers will have a chance to prove himself yet again with his father as coach.


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