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Doc Rivers trades for son Austin who will join LA Clippers roster

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Across the U.S., parents coach their kids on grade school basketball teams. They do it in middle school and it's not too uncommon in high school.

Sometimes, coaches like Tubby Smith are able to coach their kids in college too. But, in the NBA, it had never happened until now.

Like father, like son

The L.A. Clippers made a three-way deal that netted Austin Rivers and now the reserve guard will be playing for his father, Doc Rivers, and the Clippers.

Doc Rivers, who has personnel control beyond his head coaching duties, was a big part of making the trade happen.

The two played each other on Dec. 6 and Doc was please with how his son had fared.

“What people forget about Austin is he's only 22, and it's his third year in the NBA,” Doc Rivers said after that game, according to Fox Sports West. “He's starting to play a lot better. I think he's going to have a really great career. I'm proud he's stayed grounded through it all."

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Austin Rivers was averaging 6.9 points in 21.4 minutes per game but will be playing behind guards Chris Paul, Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick in L.A.

Doc Rivers has admitted in the past that it might be awkward coaching his son. Other coaches, like George Karl and Mike Dunleavy Sr., have narrowly missed doing the same in the past.

"I would love the opportunity, I guess,” Rivers told a Boston radio show when Austin was about to be drafted.

“It would be uncomfortable. I just think that would be a strange thing to do. Having that said that, I wouldn't mind. He can score, and I think that would be great for us."

After the trade happened, Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Doc Rivers was hesitant again but had to be convinced by others in the Clippers' front office to make it happen.

“Yahoo Sources: Within front office and coaching staff, officials pushing president/coach Doc Rivers to bring his son, Austin, to Clippers,” Wojnarowski Tweeted.

Rest of the trade?

The rest of the deal wasn't huge. Reggie Bullock went to the Phoenix Suns while Shavlik Randolph was sent to Boston along with Chris Douglas-Roberts and a 2017 second-round pick.

The deal also means that Jordan Farmar might be gone from the Clippers' bench.

Austin Rivers had been dealt from New Orleans to Boston on Monday in a three-way deal involving Jeff Green.

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