Insider: Rivers x 2 in Boston?


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Dad and son in Boston next season?With news that Austin Rivers will enter the NBA Draft this year, ESPN.com draft guru Chad Ford offers his thoughtsInsider on whether Rivers is ready for the jump after his freshman season at Duke and whether the Celtics would take him if available:

[ESPN.com's rankings] currently have him as the 15th-rated prospect on our Big Board and going No. 21 in our latest mock. However, as I reported on Wednesday, a number of NBA GMs think that we have him too low. I think you can expect he'll go somewhere between 10-20 on draft night. Expect teams like the Cavs, Jazz, Blazers, Nets and Rockets to give him a long look. But the most interesting scenario might be in Boston if Rivers is still on the board. Currently the Celtics are slated to pick 17th. The team will be in rebuilding mode this summer and they'll want to build around someone with star potential. Would Austin's dad want to coach Rivers? Would Celtics' GM Danny Ainge allow it? Such a move would put a lot of pressure on both Doc and Austin and one source close to the process said that they're hoping Austin's off the board before Doc and Ainge have to make that call.

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