Rivers played three-plus seasons for his father, Doc Rivers, with the Clippers. In a three-team deal, Doc Rivers traded a second-round pick to Boston for his son in January 2015, but he is no longer running basketball operations with the Clippers. Lawrence Frank is the Clippers' president of basketball operations, with Michael Winger the general manager.
The Wizards have been searching for trades to move Gortat for the past several months.
The Clippers drafted their backcourt of the future on Thursday, including Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Jerome Robinson. Veteran guards Milos Teodosic and Patrick Beverley also will be back on the roster this season.
Rivers and Gortat are in the final years of their contracts and will become free agents next summer.
After struggling to find his niche in New Orleans to start his NBA career, Rivers, 25, made steady improvement upon joining the Clippers and developed into a legitimate NBA guard. In his final season with the Clippers, he averaged 15.1 points, 4.0 assists and 1.2 steals a game. His offensive and defensive productivity grew with every season in Los Angeles.
"For you all to accept me and give me a chance to grow and play means more than you will ever know," Rivers wrote in a lengthy Instagram post thanking the city of Los Angeles, the Clippers' fan base and his teammates. "People really don't understand what positivity can do for someone's confidence."
Of his father, Rivers wrote, "Me and pops did something that has never been done in our sport!! Which was hard for a lot of people to understand but I am grateful for the time I experienced playing for him and the clippers."
Wow, I really don't know where to start or how to put all of my emotions and feelings into words . But I'll just start out by saying Thank You, first and foremost to the city of LA and to the fans of the LA Clippers. You have done nothing but show me love and positivity. The acceptance you gave me along with taking a chance on me 4 years ago, means the world to me! At that time I hadn't shown much in the league....and was still trying to learn . And for you all to accept me and give me a chance to grow and play means more than you will ever know. People really don't understand what positivity can do for someone's confidence. And to the clippers fan base.... I really appreciate you all helping me find my confidence in the league and cheering me along the way. I know the scenario of me playing for my pops wasn't easy for people to understand and accept ....some never will, but to the ones who did... I can't thank you enough. Me and pops did something that has never been done in our sport!! Which was hard for a lot of people to understand but I am grateful for the time I experienced playing for him and the clippers. I want to thank all of my team mates aka my brothers. I Really appreciate y'all helping me grow as a player and a person! I also want to thank all of the coaches and all of the staff of the clippers organization! A lot of you don't get the credit you deserve! From the great training staff, to all the people that make our job and life that much easier, I really am thankful!! Always will love LA and consider it a home! Thanks -AR25 M.o.a.M
"Acquiring Austin gives us another versatile, experienced player who provides scoring and playmaking," Wizards general manager Ernie Grunfeld said in a statement. "He is coming off a career year and his ability to create offense for himself and others will help our second unit and allow us to play a variety of lineups throughout the season."
Gortat, who also took to Instagram to say goodbye to Washington, gives the Clippers a starting-level center should DeAndre Jordan opt out of his $24.1 million contract before Friday's deadline. Even if Jordan opts in to the deal, the Clippers and Jordan would work together to find a trade out of Los Angeles, preferably well before the February trade deadline.