Dwyane Wade, other stars congratulate Rockets’ Rivers on baby news

Houston Rockets Austin Rivers (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images)
Houston Rockets Austin Rivers (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images) /

With a single slam dunk, Houston Rockets guard Austin Rivers found out the gender of his second child, sharing it to Instagram on Tuesday afternoon.

It’s been a great year for Houston Rockets reserve Austin Rivers for several reasons. Rivers gambled on himself in free agency last summer, as he elected to sign a veteran-minimum deal, which gave him the option to opt out after the first year.

Rivers left money on the table, as he turned down higher-paying offers in hopes of cashing in this summer. Rivers posted a stellar all-around season, as he averaged 8.8 points on 23.4 minutes while making 35.6 percent of his threes.

In addition, Rivers posted a true shooting percentage of 54.2, which is the second-best of his career, while dropping 41 points against the Sacramento Kings in the bubble, which was also a career-high. Rivers should certainly be in line for a major payday, as he proved he’s worth more than the $2.3 million that he’s scheduled to make in 2020-21.

But Rivers’ great year extends to life off the court, as he and his girlfriend received word on Tuesday that they’ll be welcoming in a baby boy.

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This will be Rivers’ second son, as he and his girlfriend Brittany Hotard ushered in Kaden James Rivers on August 28th, 2018. The couple creatively revealed the gender, as he played the rare role of a lob-finisher to throw down a ball that revealed the gender to be male.


Multiple NBA friends congratulate the Houston Rockets point guard

“It broke in the hand, but yeah it’s a boy. Blessed,” said Austin’s Instagram post, which was soon followed by an outpouring of support and congratulations from teammates and NBA stars alike. “Congrats,” said Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons. “Congrats brotha,” said current teammate Ben McLemore.

Current Atlanta Hawk Evan Turner couldn’t help but roast Rivers in the comments section, joking, “you used all the bounce you had.”

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Other Houston Rockets teammates to send their love to Austin in his big moment were Chris Clemons and Jeff Green, while former players like Wesley Johnson and Miami Heat great Dwyane Wade also posted comments. “Dope bro,” said Wade.