October 4, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) talks to head coach Doc Rivers (right) during the second quarter against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Clippers 120-75. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Doc Rivers urged his son Austin Rivers not to sign with the Philadelphia 76ers this offseason.

The Sixers, who hired Doc Rivers as the new head coach, also had strong interest to sign his son Austin.

“He was high on Philly’s list before I took the job. It was one of the guards they wanted. When I took the job, I said, ‘You don’t want that. You got too many other things we have to deal with.’

For Austin it’s better. He’s his own player. Unfortunately for him, me being the dad, he’s just an easy guy to target. I have felt since the separation, it’s been really good for him,” Doc Rivers told Marc Berman of the New York Post.

Austin Rivers eventually signed a three-year contract with the New York Knicks, worth $9.9M.