Wizards Send Gortat to Clippers; Austin Rivers Heads to DC

The Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Clippers have agreed to a deal that would send C Marcin Gortat to LA and G Austin Rivers to DC, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

This departure of Gortat is relatively unsurprising, as rumblings of his position on the trading block have been rolling around the entire offseason, particularly after there was alleged drama in the locker room between Gortat and star guard John Wall during the season.

In 2017-2018, Gortat averaged 8.4 PPG, 7.6 RPG, and 1.8 APG. Rivers averaged 15.1 PPG, 2.4 RPG, and 4.0 APG.

Rivers was previously working under his father, Doc Rivers, the head coach of the Clippers. This trade ends the first ever such relationship between a coach and player in NBA history.

Both Gortat and Rivers are entering the final year of their contract, and will become free agents next offseason, unless signed to deals before then.

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Sam has been with MSB since 2015. He covers stories ranging from all things Maryland to breaking national stories, specializing in the NFL, and college football and basketball. He currently resides in Dallas, Texas, where he attends Southern Methodist University (SMU).

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