Sources: Austin Rivers, Clippers reach deal

Austin Rivers is coming off his best pro season. (AP)
Austin Rivers is coming off his best pro season. (AP)

Free-agent guard Austin Rivers has agreed to a three-year, $35 million-plus deal to return to the Los Angeles Clippers, league sources told The Vertical.

The contract includes a player option in the third year, sources said.

Rivers, 23, had been in contract talks with the New York Knicks before agreeing to a deal to stay with the Clippers, sources said.

Rivers, the son of Clippers president and coach Doc Rivers, is coming off the best season of his NBA career. He averaged 8.9 points and 1.5 assists as part of a second-unit that included Sixth Man of the Year Jamal Crawford.

The Clippers’ agreement with Rivers makes it difficult for them to remain in pursuit of free agent Kevin Durant because of salary cap limitations. The Clippers met with Durant on Friday in the New York area. The Clippers are trying to retain their own free agents, including Crawford and center Cole Aldrich.

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