Doc Rivers is the new head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, and one of his first moves was reportedly telling the team to stay from his son.
The veteran head coach told the New York Post that the Sixers had Austin Rivers high on their list of free agent targets before he stepped in:
“He was high on Philly’s list before I took the job,’’ Doc Rivers told The Post. “It was one of the guards they wanted. When I took the job, I said, ‘You don’t want that. You got too many other things we have to deal with.’
“For Austin it’s better. He’s his own player. Unfortunately for him, me being the dad, he’s just an easy guy to target. I have felt since the separation, it’s been really good for him.’’
The elder Rivers’ decision prevented a reunion in Philadelphia after four seasons together on the Los Angeles Clippers, who fired the coach in September after a disappointing season. That previous tenure also ended with Rivers turning away his son, trading him to the Washington Wizards.
Austin Rivers ended up signing with the New York Knicks, where he figures to fill his usual role as a bench scorer.
Funnily enough, the Sixers actually did end up adding a family member of Rivers’ by trading for his son-in-law rather than signing his son. As part of the team’s investment in much-needed 3-point shooting, the Sixers acquired sharpshooter Seth Curry, who is married to Doc’s daughter Callie, via trade with the Dallas Mavericks.
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