HoopsHype Shaun Livingston rumors

July 2, 2014 Updates

Marcus Thompson: I'm told Warriors could have gotten Rodney Stuckey. He would have taken MLE from Warriors. But they chose Livingston Twitter @ThompsonScribe

After tearing just about everything in his left knee and dislocating his kneecap while playing for the Clippers in 2007, Livingston spent the next six years rehabbing, playing for six teams as his game slowly came back to life. Last season in Brooklyn, he was supposed to play a limited role for the Nets. But he wound up playing 26 minutes a night, and starting 54 games. And he started to get back some of the explosiveness he’d lost all those years ago, combining it with the cerebral part of the game he always possessed. “Long time coming,” Livingston said Tuesday night by phone. NBA.com

He was immediately drawn to Golden State. He grew up down the way from Andre Iguodala in Springfield, Ill., and played with Warriors center Andrew Bogut when both were in Milwaukee. He also knew he’d be joining a Warriors team that made the playoffs two years straight under former coach Mark Jackson. “It feels good to be kind of a priority on a winning team,” he said. “It was the same feeling last year with Brooklyn. I was excited about the opportunity. … Out here, I can kind of be rewarded for my play last year, which is rewarding [in itself]. “It’s a great feeling. And I really wanted to be competitive. Being in the playoffs last year, being in a competitive situation, that’s what I’m all about. But this is my road, and my struggle. With all my issues, to have this now, it’s great.” NBA.com

Livingston, one of the feel-good stories of the league this past season and a key part of the Nets’ midseason turnaround, agreed to a three-year deal worth $16 million with the Warriors on Tuesday, the opening day of free agency in the NBA. “The team, the offer, I think with what they could offer … the money was there initially. It was just a matter of ironing out the years, the security and then from there just pitting each team up against each other with the personnel and kind of how I fit into that system,” Livingston told The Post on Tuesday evening after agreeing to the deal, which includes a partial guarantee of the third year but can’t be signed until July 10, when the league’s annual moratorium comes to an end. New York Post

“It’s tough,” Livingston said of having to leave the Nets. “It’s bittersweet in a sense because, no matter how well you play it’s like, ‘Well, I’m still moving on,’ and going from city to city. “Again, for the organization to give me that shot, I wouldn’t be in the position I’m at today, just with Brooklyn and their pieces, and obviously [former coach] Jason Kidd was a part of that last year. It’s definitely a credit due to them. But, again, if I don’t perform, and I don’t put up the season I had, we’re not having this conversation. If [I hadn’t performed] and they had waived me and I don’t come back, nobody really cares. It goes both ways, man. It’s a business.” New York Post

July 1, 2014 Updates

Marc J. Spears: "I love the move. He's a versatile guard who can fit right in," @Warriors @Stephen Curry told Yahoo on new teammate Shaun Livingston. Twitter @SpearsNBAYahoo

June 29, 2014 Updates

They want to bring back Paul Pierce, Shaun Livingston and Alan Anderson, but with Kidd apparently headed for the door, it might give the players reason to search for better situations elsewhere. Livingston made it known previously that Kidd was a major reason why he settled for the veteran's minimum with the Nets, taking less to play for him with hopes of contending for a title. A league source reiterated Sunday that Kidd's influence was "absolutely'' a factor in Livingston's decision to come to Brooklyn. So if Kidd is not back on the bench, the three-year, $10.4-million deal the Nets can offer might not be enough to keep Livingston around after his strong season. Newsday

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