Austin Rivers will clear waivers any day after his buyout with the Phoenix Suns. When he does, add the Philadelphia 76ers to a growing list of teams interested in his services.
Rivers was part of the trade that shipped Trevor Ariza to the Washington Wizards.
Rivers in Philadelphia would make logical sense in a sixth-man role where he can come off the bench and score the basketball. That would be a great fill-in gap for the second-year player, Markelle Fultz who was diagnosed with Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS).
In 29 games this season with the Washington Wizards, Rivers has averaged 7.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. This season Austin Rivers has shot an impressive 39.2 percent from the field, 31.1 percent from beyond the arc and 54.3 percent from the charity stripe.
Sixers Eyeing More Than Just Austin Rivers
Austin Rivers is not the only free agent reportedly on the 76ers’ free agency wishlist.
“They may get Carmelo,” NBA insider Chris Sheridan told me on the Scoop B Radio Podcast. “The Sixers would give it a lot of consideration.”
A ten-time NBA All-Star, Anthony signed with the Houston Rockets this summer after clearing waivers in the trade that shipped him from the Oklahoma City Thunder the Atlanta Hawks.
The third overall pick in the 2003 draft, Anthony’s last appearance with the Houston Rockets came in a blowout loss to Oklahoma City on Nov. 8 when he had two points and five rebounds.
“Again Melo has to come off the bench,” said Sheridan. “But yet he’s going to be expendable.”
How the Melo and Rivers signings pan out depends on one key thing, though.
“Depends on the Fultz situation,” says Sheridan. “But right now that story remains to be seen. We have to wait and judge it in the future.”
If things don’t pan out in Philly for Melo, the Lakers are said to be interested and they may be just the fit he needs.
Additional Potential Suitors for Austin Rivers
Other teams are also interested in Rivers, who is on a $12.6 million expiring contract this season. According to The Athletic (h/t RealGM), he gave back $650,000 as part of his buyout agreement with the Suns.
A league source shared earlier this week that the Los Angeles Clippers are not interested in a reunion with Austin Rivers, who is also the son of Clippers head coach, Doc Rivers.
The Memphis Grizzlies, I’m told are still a suitor of Rivers. That was first reported by NBA Insider Shams Charania.