Rockets’ Austin Rivers opts out of contract

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Houston Rockets guard Austin Rivers has decided to opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent, according to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated.

The 28-year-old is declining his veteran’s minimum $2.4 million player option for the 2020-2021 NBA season.

This was expected after Rivers’ recent comments.

“I definitely want to be out there on the market, and just see what else is out there,” he said. “But I love Houston. Houston’s still one of my main options. That’s a team I loved playing for. But there’s other teams out there that you want to look at. You owe it to yourself to at least see the best situation.”

Rivers averaged 8.8 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game in the regular season and 4.8 points per game in 12 playoff games.