Austin Rivers Tells TMZ He'd Boycott Visit with Donald Trump If Clippers Won

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 19, 2017

Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 16, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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Los Angeles Clippers Austin Rivers told TMZ Sports he'd decline an invite to the White House to be honored by President Donald Trump in the event the Clippers won an NBA title.

When asked whether he'd travel to Washington, D.C., Rivers responded, "Nope":

Rivers' comments come as the Golden State Warriors weigh whether or not to visit the nation's capital following their NBA championship.

Officially, the Warriors have yet to make any decision about their potential trip to the White House. Should Golden State do so, it'd likely be without two of its best players.

Stephen Curry reiterated his preference to skip the event.

"Somebody asked me about it a couple months ago, a hypothetical, if a championship were to happen: 'What would I do?'" Curry said, per the San Jose Mercury NewsAnthony Slater. "I think I answered that I wouldn't go. I still feel like that today."

Andre Iguodala told USA Today's Sam Amick he'd vote for passing on the opportunity as well but added the Warriors are "going to do what our leader [Curry] does."

The Warriors are the first NBA team to win a title since Trump assumed office. The Cleveland Cavaliers visited Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, two days following the 2016 presidential election. Cavaliers forward Richard Jefferson alluded to the air of unpredictability surrounding the possibility of NBA teams continuing the tradition (via HoopsHype):

With the way the Warriors are poised to dominate the league for the foreseeable future, Rivers may not have the opportunity to turn down the White House visit.

The Clippers' title hopes in particular are up in the air considering Chris Paul and Blake Griffin can opt out of their contracts and become free agents this offseason.