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Monday, December 6, 2021

Doctor Rivers: Sam Cassell was the first to suggest Austin Rivers might fit in Denver

Nuggets guard Austin Rivers may have to give a Christmas card to 76ers assistant coach Sam Cassell.

Sixers coach Doc Rivers, Austin’s father, said it was Cassell who first recognized that Denver might be a good home for his son. After an uproar with the Knicks last March, Rivers was contemplating his NBA future. The 76ers were in Denver on March 30 when Rivers contacted Nuggets coach Michael Malone and transmitted Cassell’s message.

“It would be a good place for Austin,” Rivers recalled Cassell.

Soon after, the Nuggets’ backcourt was ravaged by injuries, which immediately made Austin a viable option.

The Nuggets initially signed Austin to a 10-day contract in late April, and the veteran guard stayed for the rest of the season. The Nuggets, pleased with his defense and his experienced presence, brought him back on a one-year deal this off-season.

“It’s always great when your kid is happy,” Doc said before Thursday’s game against the Nuggets. He reiterated how much Austin appreciated Denver, his teammates and Malone.

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The two rivers spent Wednesday nights together discussing everything from hoops to Austin’s two kids. Big Rivers joked that the conversation was very different from the conversation many years ago.

“Free food,” said the doctor. “He owes me about 20,000 more.

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