Like most NBA players with player options this summer, Austin Rivers will decline it and become a free agent this summer.
The Los Angeles Clippers guard enjoyed a solid season while playing under his dad, Doc Rivers. The younger Rivers saw an increased role with the team this season, as he averaged 8.9 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists on 43.8 percent shooting.
Clippers guard Austin Rivers has decided not to exercise his player option for next season & will test free agency this summer. @ASM_SPORTS
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) June 1, 2016
Since joining the Clippers in the middle of the 2014-15 season, the 23-year-old has seen a slight uptick in production and efficiency. In 108 games with Los Angeles, he has averaged 8.2 points on 43.4 percent from the field. During his time with the New Orleans Pelicans, Rivers had averaged 6.9 points on just 39.0 percent from the field.
While Rivers has clearly enjoyed success as Chris Paul's backup, money talks. The salary cap will swell to $92 million this season and Rivers will likely see an increase in market value from the $3.3 million he was originally due in 2016-17.
With his dad serving as the team's head coach and president of basketball operations, it should be interesting to see how much the Clippers are willing to pay to retain Rivers.
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