Suns agree to waive Rivers, acquired in trade with Wizards

Veteran guard Austin Rivers will be on the lookout for a new team, according to a report.

The Phoenix Suns have agreed to waive point guard Austin Rivers, acquired in a trade with the Washington Wizards over the weekend, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Rivers and forward Kelly Oubre came to the Suns in exchange for forward Trevor Ariza. The trade became official Monday.

“Rivers – earning $12.6M in final year of deal – becomes a free agent upon clearing waivers,” Wojnarowski reported. “As a veteran, sides concluded Rivers fits better on an older team that’s pursuing playoffs.”

In other words, look for Rivers to join a winning team as the primary option at point guard. (By league rules, he is not eligible to sign with the Wizards again until one year from Monday.)

Rivers, 26, is averaging 7.2 points and 2.6 rebounds. He appeared to be taken aback by the Wizards’ decision to trade him after the deal was first reported.

“This kind of hit me as a surprise,” Rivers said, via Candace Buckner of The Washington Post. “We got 54 games left. I thought we had some more time to get this going together, but you know, they want to go in a different direction apparently.”

The Suns (7-24) have won three straight.

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