HoopsHype Shaun Livingston rumors

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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

March 5, 2014 Updates

Shaun Livingston was on the phone Tuesday with Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco, talking about the Nets and his past, present and future. The 6'7" point guard with the great story of bad fortune and hard work was asked specifically if he could see himself returning next season. He's a free agent in July and the Nets can either offer him all or part of the $3.3 mini-MLE or the vets minimum plus 20 percent, which is no more than $1.5 million. He was non-committal but noted how happy he is with the Nets and particularly Jason Kidd. NetsDaily

February 5, 2014 Updates

The secret weapon that helped inspire Shaun Livingston’s midseason turnaround is a little blue book sitting in his locker inside Barclays Center. It’s not a playbook, or a diary detailing the ins-and-outs of opposing point guards. Instead, it’s a copy of “Siddhartha,” the novel by Hermann Hesse detailing a man’s quest for enlightenment. “[Nets basketball operations manager Matt] Riccardi gave it to me,” Livingston said after the Nets’ 108-102 win over the 76ers on Monday. “I was going through [some struggles] in December. … I’m a thinker, and I was in my head. I was struggling, and I was struggling mentally more than anything, and that will carry over to the games. That was a great book, man. [It’s about] a guy kind of finding himself. … He had to go through the different experiences to find himself, because he was searching for peace. It was a great book.” New York Post

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Seven years after a devastating knee injury nearly derailed his career, Livingston is finally living up to the potential that made him the fourth overall pick out of high school in 2004. He was recruited to the Nets by Jason Kidd, signing a one-year deal last summer for the league minimum. It’s hard to imagine him signing for that little as a free agent this July, meaning retaining Livingston will be tough for a cap-strapped team like the Nets. “I put a lot of work in,” said Livingston, who is playing more minutes than at any time during his career. “It was kind of a blessing to have the injury at 21. Think about it. I’m 28. It’s considered your prime. So hopefully I’m feeling like I’m in prime.” New York Daily News

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“I’ve been in some rough places, especially after my injury [in 2007], but that’s a long time ago. And there were a lot of different thoughts, but those doubts kind of turned to faith. My family, everybody that’s been in my corner, God, it’s brought me a long way.” Friday night at Barclays Center, Livingston had one of the best games of his career. He finished with 19 points, a career-high 11 rebounds, five assists, three blocks and a huge charge in a career-high 51 minutes, helping the Nets beat the two-time defending champion Miami Heat 104-95 in double overtime. ESPN.com

January 9, 2014 Updates

Shaun Livingston appears to have learned from filling in for Williams earlier this season, playing his second straight strong game in the Williams’ absence. And while Williams sat out Monday and got a cortisone shot and platelet-rich plasma injections in both ankles Tuesday, Brooklyn’s team doctor doesn’t expect him to need surgery or miss much time. “I can’t divulge a ton, obviously, but what I can say about Deron is that he’s a worker. And I just think — as with our other player, Brook Lopez — has just suffered a little bit of bad luck in regard to his ankles,’’ Dr. Riley Williams said on SiriusXM NBA Radio. “What I can say is that I don’t think there’s anything going on with him that’s a serious issue over the long-term, and the guy wants to play. New York Post

December 24, 2013 Updates

Brooklyn Nets point guard Shaun Livingston delivered his biggest assist of the season on Saturday in his hometown of Peoria, Ill., and the Ammerman family was on the receiving end. On Nov. 17, a tornado touched down 15-20 minutes from where Livingston grew up in nearby Washington, leaving a path of devastation that killed 29 and injured 350. The Ammerman family, which consists of mother Tammy and her three children -- sons Ethan and Simon, and daughter, Haven -- survived the tornado but lost their home as a result of its destruction. "They were living in a small duplex," Livingston said. "In 10-15 seconds, their place was gone." ESPN.com

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