Nets officially sign Shaun Livingston

Shaun Livingston will replace C.J. Watson as the backup point guard to Deron Williams next season.

Shaun Livingston will replace C.J. Watson as the backup point guard to Deron Williams next season. AP Photo.

The Brooklyn Nets announced that they officially signed backup point guard Shaun Livingston on Thursday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it is a one-year deal worth the veteran’s minimum, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

The 6-foot-7 Livingston was originally drafted straight out of high school with the fourth overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers. In 2007 he suffered a knee injury which has kept him from ever living up to the potential of a fourth overall pick. Last season he spent time with both the Washington Wizards and the Cleveland Cavaliers where he shot 48-percent and averaged 10.3 points, 5.3 assists, and 1.2 steals per 36 minutes.

“Shaun’s abilities give our roster added versatility in the backcourt,” said Nets General Manager Billy King in a statement. “His basketball acumen and the way he plays the game are a great fit for this team.”

Livingston, who will turn 28 before the season starts, will essentially be replacing C.J. Watson as the backup point guard to Deron Williams. Watson scored 12.9 points and 3.8 assists per 36 minutes last season, but signed a deal with the Indiana Pacers this offseason.

Livingston will also be competing with time as the backup point guard with Tyshawn Taylor, the 23-year-old out of the University of Kansas who shot 37-percent with 13.8 points and 3.4 assists per 36 minutes during his rookie season.


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