According to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, the Denver Nuggets are reportedly in “serious talks,” to sign free agent guard Austin Rivers. The Denver Post’s Mike Singer adds that the Nuggets are considering signing Rivers to a 10-day contract.
The expected move comes after the Nuggets lost star point guard Jamal Murray to a torn ACL during their matchup against the Warriors; sidelining him indefinitely.
Murray was averaging 21.2 points, 4.8 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game in the best season of his career. Now, Denver will need a collective effort to make up for Murray’s absence.
Rivers started the season with the New York Knicks, averaging 7.3 points and 2.0 assists per game. However, after the Knicks traded for Derrick Rose back in February, Rivers fell out of the rotation.
Right before the deadline, Rivers was then traded by the Knicks, in a three-team deal that sent the guard to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Before appearing in a game for the Thunder, Rivers was waived; in hopes the guard would sign with a contending team.
If the signing is made official, Rivers can provide a spark for the Nuggets off the bench. A solid playmaking threat, Rivers also brings plenty of playoff experience with him and can help alleviate the responsibilities places on guards Facundo Campazzo and Monte Morris.