Seth Curry’s new boss also happens to be his wife’s father. Nobody ever has trouble with their in-laws, right?
Curry is married to Callie Rivers, the daughter of Doc Rivers, and an NBA Draft night trade sent Curry from the Mavericks to the 76ers, where Rivers is the new head coach. Dallas acquired Josh Richardson and the No. 36 pick in return for Curry, but it was Steph’s little brother who got all the attention on Twitter for the fun that will no doubt ensue with his father-in-law at the helm.
This isn’t even the first time Rivers has coached a close family member. During his time in charge of the Clippers, Rivers coached his son Austin. Austin was even traded away on Rivers’ watch!
Not sure there’s any way to confirm the above stat, but it seems highly unlikely that it’s happened before. Maybe the deal-clincher for new 76ers GM Daryl Morey was making that sort of history (we know it wasn’t really, but he probably had a nice laugh about it).
From a basketball perspective, the trade makes sense for Philadelphia as it looks to put a true contender around Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, two players that thrive close to the basket. Richardson wasn’t enough of a true floor-spacer to create optimal lineups, but Curry and his career 44.3-percent 3-point shooting will only help Simmons and Embiid dominate a bit more easily (or defenses will pay over and over again with Curry 3-pointers).
Dallas surely thinks it got a good deal, too. Richardson can serve as a secondary ball-handler to take the occasional load off Luka Doncic while also defending the players who might be a bit too quick for Doncic to lock down. And the Mavericks got athletic forward Tyler Bey out of Colorado with that No. 36 selection, someone who can help back up Kristaps Porzingis.
But the most compelling storyline to come out of this trade before the NBA season even gets underway on Dec. 22 is this: Thanksgiving is in a week, and if the Riverses and Curry are spending it together, it’d be amazing to be a fly on the wall at that dinner.
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