What had been rumored for more than a week, became official today as journeyman guard Austin Rivers signed a 10-Day Contract to join the Nuggets. The team announced the move Tuesday morning.
Rivers was released by The Thunder March 28th after being traded from the Knicks 3-days prior. Denver will be the former 10th overall pick's 6th team since being drafted in 2012 by New Orleans out of Duke. In almost a decade in the league he's played in varying roles as a starting point guard, to a scorer off the bench and seemingly everything in between.
Rivers versatility and more importantly, his availability, made him a good fit for the Nuggets, following the loss of Jamal Murray for the year following "The Blue Arrow's" torn ACL suffered last Monday against Golden State.
In his 9 NBA seasons, Rivers averages 9.1 points and just over 2 assists. The 6-4, 200-lb guard appeared in 21 games (two starts) this season with New York, averaging 7.3 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2 assists while shooting 43.0% from the field and 36.4% from 3 in 21.0 minutes per game.
His best season scoring-wise came in 2017-2018 when he played for his Dad, Doc Rivers, with the Clippers and averaged 15.1.