Austin Rivers Traded for Marcin Gortat


In a move not many anticipated, the Clippers dealt Austin Rivers to Washington in exchange for Marcin Gortat.

It's significant for a few reasons:

  • Doc (Lawrence Frank) traded his son
  • LAC's new rookie backcourt should get immediate minutes
  • LAC is (likely) moving on from DeAndre Jordan
  • Washington acquired a reliable third guard behind Brad Beal & John Wall

Both teams seem to be establishing some sense of direction: the Wiz wanted a divorce from Gortat (& needed backcourt help) while the Clips are determined to go into 2018-19 w/ a drastically different look.

Is LAC completely rebuilding? That remains to be seen...

For now, both teams are doing a bit of "re-tooling" before an important 2018 summer.

Rivers, 25, avg. a career-high 15.1 ppg a year ago.

Gortat, 34, has career averages of 10.2 ppg & 8.1 rpg. 


*and later release