Clippers trading Austin Rivers for Wizards big man


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The Clippers and Wizards are exchanging two of their most controversial players.

Los Angeles is sending Austin Rivers to Washington in exchange for Marcin Gortat, ESPN reported Tuesday.

Rivers, the son of head coach Doc, has been a contentious figure in Los Angeles since the Lob City days. He did not get along with Chris Paul, who blamed Doc for not being willing to trade his child.

Doc traded for Austin in 2014, and Austin had served as point and shooting guard since. Last year, he averaged 15.1 points and four assists per game. Doc has since lost some of his power, and Jerry West and Lawrence Frank are now in control — and free to trade Austin Rivers.

Gortat was at the center of the John Wall debate last year, when Washington, at least initially, played better when its star point guard was hurt. Gortat implied the Wizards played as a “team” without Wall, who didn’t appreciate the comments.

Gortat, who’s been around the league since 2007 and had been in Washington since 2013, is a 6-foot-11 center from Poland. Last year he averaged 8.4 points and 7.6 rebounds in 25.3 minutes per game.

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