Suns release veteran guard Austin Rivers

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Phoenix Suns have released guard Austin Rivers two days after being acquired by the team. On Saturday, Rivers was acquired, along with Kelly Oubre, for veteran Trevor Ariza.

Rivers — who was due to make $12.6 million this season in the final year of his contract — will become a free agent if he is not claimed off waivers. The Suns felt like that Rivers would be with a veteran team, who has a chance to make the playoffs than the Suns, who likely have no shot at making the playoffs this season.

Former Washington Wizards guard Austin Rivers going to the basket against the Golden State Warriors
Austin Rivers going to Golden State Warriors (Getty Images)

The 26-year-old Santa Monica, California native will be joining his fourth team when he signs. Besides playing for the Wizards, he also played for the New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans franchise, and the Los Angeles Clippers.

He was also traded from the Pelicans to the Clippers in 2015. After being acquired by the Clippers, he played for his father Doc Rivers, who is their head coach.

While the deal was made on Saturday morning, it did not officially get made until Morning. The teams had a trade call with the league this morning.

When Rivers was traded, it was his second trade this year. He was traded from the Clippers to the Washington Wizards for Marcin Gortat on June 26th, 2018.

After being acquired by the Wizards, he appeared in 29 games, including two starts. He averaged 7.2 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.6 steals, and 0.3 blocks per game in 23.6 minutes per contest.

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