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L.A. Clippers send Austin Rivers to Wizards for Marcin Gortat

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The L.A. Clippers have reportedly traded guard Austin Rivers to the Washington Wizards for center Marcin Gortat, according to a report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski . It was later made official by both teams.

Rivers played a career-high 34 minutes per game last season for the Clippers and responded with a career-high 15.1 points and 4 assists per game.

However, Rivers' three-plus seasons in Los Angeles saw rumours of behind-the-scenes dissent from people in the organization who felt Rivers received preferential treatment from Clippers coach Doc Rivers, his father. The elder Rivers also served as president of basketball operations and GM until being relieved of those duties last August.

Yet Rivers is still young (he's only 25) and will be a capable backup for John Wall in Washington. Wall missed half of last season due to injury.

The Wizards have been looking to move the 6-foot-11 Gortat. He started all 82 games for the Wizards last season, posting a respectable 8.4 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.

The 34-year-old veteran gives the Clippers some front-court insurance in the event big man DeAndre Jordan opts out of his contract later this week or is traded.

Both Rivers and Gortat are in the final year of their contracts.

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