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Mon, 29 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0700
The Thunder have waived Austin Rivers after acquiring the guard on Thursday ahead of the trade deadline
Austin Rivers keep his first half hot streak going as he drains back-to-back 3-pointers.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have waived guard Austin Rivers, the team announced Sunday.
Rivers, 28, was acquired at the trade deadline from the New York Knicks in a three-team deal that moved George Hill to the Philadelphia 76ers.
With the Thunder focused on player development and playing younger players, Rivers wasn’t in the team’s future plans.
Rivers is averaging 7.3 points and 2.0 assists this season in 21 appearances.
After waiving Rivers, though, the Thunder are light in the backcourt, with the team announcing Sunday that starting guard Luguentz Dort has entered the concussion protocol.
Dort took a shot to the head on Saturday against the Boston Celtics and exited the game in the third quarter with concussion-like symptoms.
Per the league’s protocol, Dort doesn’t have a set timetable but will need to clear benchmarks before being available to return to play.
Dort, 21, is averaging 12.6 points and is regarded as one of the best backcourt defenders in the league.
The Thunder on Sunday also announced the signing of two-way player Moses Brown to a multiyear deal.
Brown, a 7-foot-1 center who is in his second year, has emerged this month.
In Saturday’s game against Boston, he had a career-high 21 points and tied a Thunder record with 23 rebounds.
In his past nine games, he’s averaging 12.4 points and 12.3 rebounds while shooting 61% from the field.
Oklahoma City announced Saturday that veteran center Al Horford would be inactive for the rest of the season, opening the door for Brown to take over the position.
The Thunder originally signed Brown to a two-way contract in Dec.
2020, after he spent the previous season as a two-way player for the Portland Trail Blazers.
This season, Brown was named to the All-NBA G League First Team and the NBA G League All-Defensive Team after he averaged 18.9 points, 13.9 rebounds and 1.7 blocks.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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Mon, 29 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0700
The OKC Thunder have waived Austin Rivers and the Milwaukee Bucks are expected to sign him, according to Shams Charania
The Oklahoma City Thunder have waived guard Austin Rivers, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
Rivers was acquired in a three-team deal with the New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers.
The guard, who had fallen out of New York’s rotation, was sent to the Thunder in a trade that netted the Sixers George Hill.
At 28 years old, Rivers does not fit into the Thunder’s timeline and would take playing time away from the young guards Oklahoma City is intent on giving more minutes to, including Theo Maledon and Ty Jerome.
In the same vein as shutting down Al Horford for the season, the Thunder are prioritizing youth by waiving Rivers.
The nine-year NBA veteran is expected to sign with the Milwaukee Bucks, according to Charania.
A career 3-point shooter of about 35%, Rivers can spread the floor and add a creation element to the Bucks’ depth as they make a postseason push.
Since 2016, Rivers has averaged 10.6 points and 2.3 assists while shooting 48.9% from 2 and 35.6% from 3 in 27.3 minutes per game.
This season, he appeared in 21 games, during which he averaged 7.3 points while shooting 36.4% from deep.
Rivers’ contract this season is worth $3.5 million.
He had two non-guaranteed years remaining.
After cutting Rivers, the Thunder’s return for Hill is 23-year-old center Tony Bradley, a 2025 second-round pick and a 2026 second-round pick.
The Knicks acquired former Sixers forward Terrance Ferguson and center Vincent Poirer,.
The latter was waived.
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The Oklahoma City Thunder announced on Sunday afternoon that guard Lu Dort suffered a concussion during Saturday’s game against the Boston Celtics.
The wing has been placed in concussion protocol.
Dort took an elbow from Jaylen Brown in the third quarter of the 111-94 loss.
He exited the game and did not return.
Dort finished with 10 points, two rebounds and a block in 16 minutes.
The concussion protocol process does not have a predetermined timetable, so it’s not clear how much time Dort will miss.
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