HoopsHype Shaun Livingston rumors

June 27, 2014 Updates
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The Kings are on the lookout for a starting point guard, and one name to keep an eye on is the Brooklyn Nets' Shaun Livingston. The 28-year-old free-agent-to-be whose career looked all but over in 2007 when he had a devastating leg injury while with the Los Angeles Clippers had his best season yet in 2014-15, helping the Nets turn their season around when he started in place of the injured Deron Williams and remaining a vital part of their program even after he returned. USA Today Sports

June 25, 2014 Updates

As for cost-cutting, how's that going to work. With only 10 players under contract, the Nets contractual commitments for next season stand at little less than $90 million and that doesn't include whatever free agents Paul Pierce and Shaun Livingston get. The chances of the Nets going into next season with another $100 million payroll seem high ... unless the Nets starting dumping salaries this week. That is unlikely in the extreme. The Nets have a chance, if they compete at a high level, to make further inroads in the Knicks fan base. That would add further value to the franchise. Do the Nets want to cut costs? No doubt, with a $50 million loss on their balance sheet. Will it affect the team? That's a different story. NetsDaily

June 11, 2014 Updates

In an interview with Livingston's home-town local news station WEEK, Livingston spoke about the NBA Finals, his job in guarding LeBron James, who he thinks doesn't get enough credit for being clutch, and the possibility for his return to Brooklyn next season. Of course, it will all come down to money and comfort. The Minnesota Timberwolves, who can offer Livingston the Mid-Level Exception, which can reach up to $5 million per year over four years, or north of $20 million, whereas the Nets can only offer him the Mini Mid-Level Exception, which maxes out at $3.3 million per season. Again, though, it also comes down to comfort and opportunity, as Livingston has spoken to many times before. And in this interview, he reiterates that he would "love to be back in Brooklyn." Of course, as he notes, it comes down to the two sides reaching a mutual agreement. NetsDaily

June 10, 2014 Updates

Darren Wolfson: Free agency begins in July. He'll be on their radar. #Twolves RT @JEcadeQueiroz @Darren Wolfson We still pursuing Livingston as a FA? Twitter @DarrenWolfson

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Darren Wolfson: One other #Twolves note this a.m.: Shaun Livingston will be on their FA radar. Nets can only pay so much to keep. Flip has history w/ him. Twitter @DarrenWolfson

April 28, 2014 Updates

While Nets GM Billy King said re-signing Shaun Livingston is the team’s No. 1 priority, expect Brooklyn to have stiff competition for his services. Livingston has repeatedly said this is the best he’s felt since his career-derailing knee injury in 2007. Livingston played in a career-high 76 games this season (26 minutes per game) and shot 48.3 percent. Despite losing a step, Livingston is still a matchup nightmare for guards because of his height (6 feet 7 inches). Livingston, who signed a series of 10-day contract over the years, may be looking for a lucrative multiyear contract. Boston Globe

April 26, 2014 Updates

Shaun Livingston didn’t need to hear the racially insensitive comments allegedly made by Clippers owner Donald Sterling in an audio recording to know how the man thinks. “You look it, it was probably disappointing to a lot of people,” said Livingston, who was drafted by the Clippers and played three years in Los Angeles. “But you look at what’s kind of gone on in the past, it’s very unfortunate, but I think it kind of tells the same story as what’s been told if you pull up the record.” New York Post

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What does Shaun Livingston think about Nets GM Billy King saying re-signing Livingston is his No. 1 priority this offseason? “It feels good to be wanted,” Livingston said. “But my focus right now is on the season and the playoffs. I just want to help my team win games and just keep getting better on the court each game.” The Nets can only offer Livingston the taxpayer mid-level exception, starting at $3.3 million, because they do not have his Bird Rights. Other teams may offer him more money. ESPN.com

March 21, 2014 Updates

Another takeaway from the discussion is that King said the are making re-signing Shaun Livingston their top priority this summer. When asked why, he said it was because "he's been pretty successful for us, helped us win games." King then said that "the market will set itself and then he has to go and make a decision on what's best for him. Do you take a million more to go play and lose," he asked. That's likely going to be the decision Livingston is going to have to make this summer -- the money or the system? NetsDaily

March 20, 2014 Updates

Livingston was 21 at the time and had serious left knee damage, tearing the anterior cruiciate, posterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments and dislocating his kneecap. He also had a torn lateral meniscus, and the thigh and shin bones were out of place. This was as serious as knee injuries come. Though he heard he might not play again, no doctor ever told him that, Livingston said. "My doctor, James Andrews, said it was a mountain to climb and told me it would be one of the most difficult injuries to overcome," Livingston said. "But there was never a closed door on my career." USA Today Sports

March 19, 2014 Updates

The Nets, who are way over the cap and deep into the luxury tax, can only offer Livingston up to the entire mid-level exception, which is for three years and $10 million. The 28-year-old Livingston is expected to attract more in the open market, although there’s still plenty of important basketball remaining before July. “(My enjoyment with Brooklyn and how I fit) definitely plays a factor. You have to weigh your situations, your options. The reason I’m in a situation where I can demand a contract is because I’m playing for this team, this coach, this system,” he said. “I realize that and I’m not over my head. But at the same time, it’s a business. You have to look at it like (the next contract) could always be your last. “Especially me.” New York Daily News

For a player who skipped college and never was such a coveted free agent, he’s looking forward to the summer process but with an understanding that the current season takes precedence. The Nets (34-31) host the Bobcats on Wednesday, with Livingston expected to start his 43rd game of the season. “(Free agency) will be different. I had one year (in 2010 when he signed a two-year deal, $7 million deal with the Bobcats) where it was like, okay, a little bit (of hype), but it’s not the same as this. Not even close,” he said. “I don’t even know what to expect. My thing has been no expectations. “I’m always going to set the bar high for myself off the court. On the court, that’s the business side. That’s my agent’s job. You can’t control that. You can only control what you can on the court.” New York Daily News

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