Duke basketball guard getting ready to switch teams once again

Duke basketball star Austin Rivers (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Duke basketball star Austin Rivers (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) /

A former Duke basketball guard could be on the move once again after a trade. 

After a trade from the New York Knicks to the Oklahoma City Thunder hours before the NBA Trading Deadline last week, former Duke basketball standout Austin Rivers will be on the move once again.

Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium reported on Sunday that the Thunder will waive the former Blue Devil before he ever suited up for the rebuilding franchise.

Charania also reported that the Milwaukee Bucks are considered the favorites to sign Rivers as there was mutual interest on both sides.

However, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Monday afternoon that the Bucks signed free agent point guard Jeff Teague, but that doesn’t necessarily take them out of the running to sign Austin Rivers.

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The Milwaukee Bucks still have one open roster spot remaining after Teague’s signing.

Rivers will officially clear waivers on Tuesday afternoon and would then be free to sign with any team in the NBA, although it’s clear he’s looking to go to a playoff and championship contender.

Austin Rivers played in a total of 21 games for the Knicks and averaged 21.0 minutes, 7.3 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game while shooting 43.0-percent from the floor and 36.4-percent from three-point range.

Former Duke basketball guard has made his way around the NBA

The former Blue Devil signed a three-year contract with New York this offseason after a year and a half with the Houston Rockets.

Prior to his stay in Houston, Austin Rivers has played for the franchise formerly known as the New Orleans Pelicans (Hornets), Los Angeles Clippers, and Washington Wizards.

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Rivers has never advanced to the NBA Finals after coming up short in the Western Conference Finals with the Rockets.

For his career, Austin Rivers is averaging 9.1 points per game on 41.8-percent shooting from the field.

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