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Austin Rivers, Wesley Johnson remain with Los Angeles Clippers

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Austin Rivers, Wesley Johnson remain with Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers. Photo by Lori Shepler/UPI | License Photo

Austin Rivers and Wesley Johnson will remain with the Los Angeles Clippers on three-year deals, The Vertical reported Saturday.

Rivers, the son of Clippers head coach and president Doc Rivers, will sign for $35 million-plus and has a player option in the third year, per The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski. The guard had been in negations with the New York Knicks before opting to stay in Los Angeles.

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Johnson, meanwhile, will ink a contract that's worth $18 million.

The 23-year-old Rivers averaged a career-high 8.9 points on 43.8 percent shooting in 67 games with the Clippers last season, his fourth in the league.

Rivers began his career with New Orleans, which drafted him No. 10 overall in the 2012 draft. He has averaged 8.9 points in 273 career games.

The 28-year-old Johnson, a swingman, has career averages of 8.2 points and 3.4 rebounds over 429 games in his six seasons with four different teams.

Last year, Johnson averaged 6.9 points and 3.1 boards in 80 games for Los Angeles.

As Wojnarowski reports, the Clippers' re-signing of Rivers might indicate they are out of the running for prized Oklahoma City Thunder free agent forward Kevin Durant, due to salary cap limitations.

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Durant met with Clippers representatives, including Doc Rivers, Blake Griffin and Deandre Jordan, on Friday in New York and reportedly came away impressed with their pitch.

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