Rivers averaged 7.1 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 41 games last season for the Clippers, while Aldrich averaged 5.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in 61 games for the Knicks.
Rivers, whose father Doc is the head coach, averaged 7.0 points and 2.0 assists playing for three teams last season, but shined in the playoffs, where he played well in the absence of the injured Chris Paul.
General manager Dave Wohl suggested Doc sign Austin before the start of last season, but Doc waivered. The Clippers instead signed Jordan Farmar, who they would later release before trading for Austin at the trade deadline.
“It was a gamble for me personally,” Doc Rivers said. “It was just a tough one for me. I was on the other side of not wanting to do it, and I’m glad I listened to people for a change. I wasn’t so stubborn. I give Dave Wohl credit, before the season started and we signed Jordan or anyone, he wanted that to happen and I didn’t hear any of that.
“In retrospect, it would have been nice to have him the whole year. It would have been better. That was a mistake. I probably should have.”
Austin showcased his potential in the Clippers' playoff loss to the
He opened enough eyes that his dad is hoping he takes a discount to stay with the organization, he even threatened to call his mother.
“He's young and he clearly helped us, I think we all have to agree with that,” Doc Rivers said. “And I think he loved it here. I even think he liked the coach at times.
“You know, it'll be interesting. I really want him back and I think it would be great to have him back, and I think he's a great fit for this team. But business is business and it'll be an interesting thing this summer.”
Rivers scored eight points 3 of 11 shooting, including 1 of 5 from downtown, and 1 of 2 from the free throw line in a 124-103 Game 3 defeat.
Rivers shot 9 of 10 from the floor whiling playing a total of 19 minutes.
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