Rivers agreed to a three-year deal to stay with the Clippers, Dan Woike of the LA Daily News reports. Rivers opted out of his player option with the Clippers earlier in the week so that he could test free agency, and after exploring his options he decided to re-up with the Clippers. Last season, Rivers averaged a career high 8.9 points per game and 44 percent field goal percentage while playing 21.9 minutes per game as the team's backup point guard. He'll likely see a similar role with the team going forward.
Rivers will not exercise his player option for next season and will test the free agent market this summer, Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated reports. Had he accepted his player option, Rivers would have been set to make $3.3 million over the 2016-17 season. However, after recording solid performances in Chris Paul's absence on top of the increasing salary cap number, Rivers is looking for more money and potentially another team. Rivers may be on the hunt for more consistent minutes after being perennially stuck behind Paul in his stint with the Clippers.
Rivers (facial laceration) tallied 21 points (8-19 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 4-5 FT), eight assists, six rebounds and a steal over 32 minutes in Friday's 106-103 series-ending Game 6 loss to the Trail Blazers. The 23-year-old managed a much better outing than his Game 5 effort, despite having to exit the game at one point with a facial laceration after taking an elbow from Al-Farouq Aminu. He wasn't able to do much from long range, but was effective from in front of the stripe and as a ball distributor. While he naturally wasn't able to provide anywhere the same level of play as Chris Paul after the latter's hand injury in Game 4, but certainly offered solid contributions in the Clippers' failed attempt to salvage their season. Rivers took a step forward in 2015-16 with a career-high 8.9 points, along with 1.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.1 blocks over 21.9 minutes.
Rivers will return to Friday's Game 6 against Portland despite receiving 11 stitches around his left eye after taking an inadvertent elbow from Al-Farouq Aminu, Dan Woike of the Orange County Register reports. The Clippers are already devoid of Chris Paul (hand) and facing a 3-2 series deficit, so Rivers had little choice but to rejoin his team on the court despite significant swelling around his left eye.
Rivers recorded 13 points (6-13 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 0-1 FT), three rebounds, and three assists across 37 minutes during the Clippers' 108-98 loss to the Trail Blazers in Wednesday's Game 5. Rivers started in place of the injured Chris Paul (hand), and posted a game-low plus/minus -23 in the Clippers' 10-point loss. During seven games as a starter in the regular season, Rivers averaged 13.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 2.7 assists in 34 minutes, so Wednesday's output was par for the course. With that being said, since Paul and Griffin (quad) are out, Rivers will need to elevate his game a few levels if he hopes to help the Clippers force a Game 7 by beating the Trail Blazers in Portland on Friday.
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