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Wizards Trade Marcin Gortat To Clippers For Austin Rivers

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The Washington Wizards have acquired guard Austin Rivers from the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for big man Marcin Gortat in a move that took place on Tuesday night.

Rivers played three-plus seasons for his father, Doc Rivers, with the Clippers, becoming the first father-son, coach-player relationship in NBA history.

Washington finally trades off Gortat, whom they have been trying to move for some time.

Rivers took to his Instagram account to post comments on the trade and to thank the city of Los Angeles.

Wow, I really don’t know where to start or how to put all of my emotions and feelings into words . But I’ll just start out by saying Thank You, first and foremost to the city of LA and to the fans of the LA Clippers. You have done nothing but show me love and positivity. The acceptance you gave me along with taking a chance on me 4 years ago, means the world to me! At that time I hadn’t shown much in the league….and was still trying to learn . And for you all to accept me and give me a chance to grow and play means more than you will ever know. People really don’t understand what positivity can do for someone’s confidence. And to the clippers fan base…. I really appreciate you all helping me find my confidence in the league and cheering me along the way. I know the scenario of me playing for my pops wasn’t easy for people to understand and accept ….some never will, but to the ones who did… I can’t thank you enough. Me and pops did something that has never been done in our sport!! Which was hard for a lot of people to understand but I am grateful for the time I experienced playing for him and the clippers. I want to thank all of my team mates aka my brothers. I Really appreciate y’all helping me grow as a player and a person! I also want to thank all of the coaches and all of the staff of the clippers organization! A lot of you don’t get the credit you deserve! From the great training staff, to all the people that make our job and life that much easier, I really am thankful!! Always will love LA and consider it a home! Thanks -AR25 M.o.a.M

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Rivers averaged 15.1 points, 4.0 assists and 1.2 steals a game this past season for the Clippers.

“Acquiring Austin gives us another versatile, experienced player who provides scoring and playmaking,” Wizards general manager Ernie Grunfeld said in a statement. “He is coming off a career year and his ability to create offense for himself and others will help our second unit and allow us to play a variety of lineups throughout the season.”

Gortat provides the Clippers insurance should big man DeAndre Jordan opt out of his contract, or the team finds a suitable trade to part with him, which seems like the likely outcome.

 

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Pacers Sign Myles Turner to Four-Year, $80 Million Contract Extension

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The Indiana Pacers are signing center Myles Turner to a four-year, $80 million contract extension, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Turner, an ascending player, poured in 12.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game last season for Indiana, who with the new contract now protects their investment in building around Turner as their franchise player.

 

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Celtics’ Terry Rozier Rejected Contract Extension Offer

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Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier rejected a contract extension from the team that would have paid him roughly $12 million annually, according to a report from A. Sherrod Blakely of NBC Sports Boston.

Rozier’s decision to decline the contract offer was a decision made by him and his management team.

“I’m in a great situation,” Rozier said, according to NBC Sports Boston. “My team felt it wasn’t good for me to sign an extension right now. It opens my options a little bit, but I’m focused on what’s happening right now.”

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Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis Not Expected to Receive Extension Before Deadline

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The New York Knicks are not expected to give Kristaps Porzingis a contract extension before the end of Monday’s deadline, which will make the budding franchise player a restricted free agent next summer, according to ESPN’s Ian Begley.

Porzingis’ season-ending torn ACL and a desire to create as much cap flexibility so they can be major players in next summer’s free agency appear to be the main factors in the team coming to this decision.

 

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