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Austin Rivers explains why he didn't join the Suns after trade from the Wizards

Austin Rivers explains why he didn't join the Suns after trade from the Wizards
Published On: Tue, Feb 05
Apr 28, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers (left) and guard Austin Rivers (25) react to a call by referee Josh Tiven against the San Antonio Spurs in game five of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. The Spurs defeated the Clippers 111-107 to take a 3-2 lead. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Austin Rivers thinks Phoenix is a lovely place.

He just wasna€™t trying to play for the Suns.

a€œI knew I wouldna€™t come here,a€ Rivers said. a€œI wouldna€™t come here. They knew that.a€

When finally settling on a trade in December to send Trevor Ariza to Washington, the Suns gotA Kelly Oubre Jr. and addressed their need at point guard with Rivers.

Oubre joined the Suns in Boston before they played the Celtics.

Rivers didna€™t.

"They understood where I was at," Rivers said. "Ia€™m not old. Ia€™m only 26, but where Ia€™ve been. Ia€™ve been on playoff teams the past five years. Thata€™s kind of the route I wanted and I felt like was best for me, especially in a contract year. I want to be in the playoffs. I want to compete for something.a€

So, the SunsA (11-43)A bought outA Riversa€™ contract.

a€œI dona€™t want to be part of a teamA a€”A no disrespectA a€”A obviously theya€™re trying to find themselves," Rivers said. "Theya€™re trying to get draft picks. Ia€™ve never been in that situation. I dona€™t know if I woulda€™ve handled that the best way and I think they knew that and understood that. If I woulda€™ve came here, I woulda€™ve been professional and woulda€™ve played hard and tried to help younger guys out, but obviously I felt like what was best suited for me, me and my team thought playing for a playoff team would do that.a€ A 

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