The Phoenix Suns waived guard Austin Rivers late on Monday, a day after he was obtained in a trade with the Washington Wizards.
In a deal finalised over the weekend, the Suns acquired Rivers and Kelly Oubre from the Washington Wizards in exchange for guard/forward Trevor Ariza.
Most analysts assumed Rivers would be used to fill a need at point guard despite the fact he does not fit the traditional point guard mould.
Instead, he would be free to sign with any team other than the Wizards should he clear waivers.
Reports on Tuesday are saying Rivers is expected to sign with the Memphis Grizzlies, the other team in a three-team trade involving Ariza and Rivers that fell apart after miscommunication over the other players to be involved.
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Rivers appeared in 29 games for Washington, averaging 7.2 points per game while shooting 39 per cent from the field.
He averaged 15.1 points per game last season for the Los Angeles Clippers.
Rivers, the 10th overall pick in the draft by New Orleans in 2012, is the son of Clippers coach Doc Rivers.
The Wizards have announced they have signed guard Chasson Randle from their G-League affiliate, the Capital City Go-Go.
Randle played in 26 games with Philadelphia and New York in the 2016-17 season but has not played in the NBA since.
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