Jeff Hornacek and Phil Jackson clearly had fantastic arrangements for Austin Rivers this past offseason before the previous free operator picked to re-sign with the Clippers.
Streams, whose name has surfaced as a conceivable piece in a Carmelo Anthony exchange, uncovered Wednesday that Hornacek and Jackson went to his home in Orlando this late spring to convey their pitch.
Furthermore, the Knicks, who confront the Clippers at home Wednesday night, were near getting the 24-year-old. They were one of three or four finalists, as indicated by Rivers.
“They were an immense alternative,” said Rivers, the child of Clippers head mentor and leader of ball operations Doc Rivers. “That was a group I was truly considering.”
In the meeting, Hornacek revealed to Austin he proposed on beginning him close by Derrick Rose in the backcourt. At the point when Rivers came back to Los Angeles, the Knicks marked Courtney Lee as their beginning shooting protect.
“Jeff had a dream, I think, of playing a smidgen up-rhythm,” Rivers said. “When they were discussing me, Jeff clearly instructed that Suns group and he needed to get here and there. He thought me and Derrick could play together and get here and there and begin 1 or 2. So it was unquestionably quite cool.”
Waterways said his meeting with Jackson — which incorporated “a tad bit” of triangle talk — was especially enlightening.
“Taking a seat with Phil Jackson all in all is cool for me. I’d never truly met him or conversed with him like that,” Rivers said. “So to converse with a standout amongst the most proficient (mentors) and an extraordinary like that, just to take a seat with him? You got the opportunity to get it. My newbie year, initial two years in the association, no one even needed me. So to go from that and work the distance to where this year I got to truly pick where I needed to go and have four, five, six groups to limited it down to… that implied a considerable measure to me. It recently demonstrated that diligent work has paid off and that it’s every one of the a procedure.”
Regardless of the Knicks’ endeavors, Rivers turned down their offer for playing for his dad. Be that as it may, he could at present discover his approach to New York before the Feb. 23 exchange due date.
Jackson has made it plentifully clear — most as of in the not so distant future with a not really unobtrusive Twitter poke — that he no longer trusts he can win with Anthony. Furthermore, the Daily News announced a month ago that the Knicks are interested in managing Melo to the Clippers without accepting Chris Paul, Blake Griffin or DeAndre Jordan consequently.
Considering the Knicks’ quest for Rivers in the offseason, it would bode well for him to be incorporated into a planned arrangement. Doc Rivers told correspondents in late January he’d exchange his child in the event that it implied enhancing his list. Be that as it may, Doc said Wednesday he hasn’t wanted to address the circumstance with Austin.
“It’s simply part of the business,” Austin said. “It is the thing that it is. I realized that coming here. I realized that coming into the NBA. I grew up around it my entire life. It’s dependably a business to begin with, and it’s constantly about winning first — regardless of who’s on the group. … So I know it’s a piece of the business, and it didn’t bother me by any means. You can just control what you can control at any rate.”