Hey, remember Austin Rivers?

The son of former Boston coach Doc Rivers was a highly touted prospect heading into Duke University. He saw his stock plummet after that though.

Despite a shaky year in College, the Celtics were reportedly trying to trade up for him in the draft two years ago. They had to settle on Jared Sullinger and Fab Melo however after the Hornets (now Pelicans) selected Rivers 10th overall.

The Celtics may not have given up their pursuit of him quite yet though.

A league source told CSNNE.com to keep an eye on New Orleans' Austin Rivers who is playing sparingly in this, his second season.

While no deal is imminent, there's no denying the interest that Rivers generated within the Celtics front office leading up to the 2012 NBA draft.

Boston looked into possibly moving up the draft board with an intent on taking Rivers, the son of former Celtics head coach Doc Rivers.

You have to wonder if all of that interest was because Austin's father was coach of the Celtics at the time. It'd be hard to say that the young Rivers has made much of a case for himself being a great NBA player in his young career.

In his second season he is playing a mere 10.7 minutes per game and averages only 5.7 points for his career. So, he's doing just great.

He'd likely see his playing time rise on this Celtics team, whose primary goal right now is developing their young players. If GM Danny Ainge still believes Rivers can be a great player, I guess I don't see a reason not to go after him, though the CSNNE report does not indicate who the Pelicans would be looking for in return, neither does it indicate if this has ever even been a discussion.

Think they'd want Gerald Wallace??!


Michael Saver 12/17/2013 10:50:00 AM Edit
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