Rivers recorded five points (2-4 FG, 1-3 3Pt), five assists, two rebounds, one steal, and one block in 10 minutes during Friday's 140-111 win over the Guangzhou Long-Lions.
Rivers drew the start in the preseason finale with John Wall and Bradley receiving the night off for rest. Rivers only played precious few minutes, but he made the most of them, which despite the lower level of competition bodes well for his ability to remain relevant while backing up one of the best backcourts in the league.
Rivers will get the start in Friday's preseason game against the Guangzhou Long-Lions
Rivers and Tomas Satoransky are both included in the starting five because John Wall and Bradley Beal are getting the night off to rest up for the regular season. Rivers will undoubtedly slot into a bench role when the 2018-2019 campaign starts up.
Rivers had five points (2-8 FG, 1-5 3Pt), three assists, two rebounds, and one steal in 21 minutes during Friday's 121-114 preseason victory over the Heat.
Rivers came off the bench for just five points Friday as he continues to carve out a role on his new team. He is going to be playing backup minutes behind both John Wall and Bradley Beal and is in line to see a drop in his fantasy production. He is going to be in the rotation but exactly how much playing time he sees remains to be seen. Standard league value is likely to be out of the question for Rivers barring an injury to one of the starters.
The Clippers were dealing with an extremely crowded backcourt coming into this offseason with Milos Teodosic, Lou Williams and a healthy Patrick Beverley. However, they ended up also adding another guard in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in the first round of last week's draft, so someone clearly had to go. It turns out to be Rivers, who is now headed to Washington. With the move to the Wizards, Rivers value certainly isn't helped, as he'll be forced to back up All-Stars John Wall and Bradley Beal in the backcourt. As a result, it's safe to assume Rivers' career-high production of 15.1 points, 4.0 assists and 2.4 rebounds is set to take a bit of of hit. Rivers is also on an expiring $12.6 million contract, so there isn't much risk here for the Wizards.
Rivers will exercise his $12.6 million player option for the 2018-19 season, Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports.
It was reported earlier in June that Rivers was undecided on whether to opt in or out of his contract, though it appears he's chosen the former and will remain with the Clippers for a fourth straight season. While Rivers saw action in just 61 games in 2017-18, he did tally career-highs of 15.1 points, 2.4 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.2 steals across 33.7 minutes, and was relied upon in the backcourt when the Clippers were dealing with some other injuries. While there's been some trade speculation regarding other guards on the roster, the Clippers currently have the likes of Milos Teodosic, Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams under contract, so Rivers will certainly have to fend off some of these other guys in order to approach the 33.7 minutes he averaged last year.
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