Shaun Livingston was a pleasant surprise for the Brooklyn Nets last season, but rather than stay in the borough he took advantage of his big season by signing a three-year and $16 million deal with the Golden State Warriors, according to multiple reports.
Livingston, a 28-year-old former fourth overall pick in the 2004 draft, was never the same after a serious leg injury he suffered back in 2007-08. He was hand picked by Jason Kidd as a free agent last season and thrived under his system. In 76 games, including 54 starts, Livingston averaged 11.5 points, 4.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game for the Nets.
“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 Tim Bontemps of the NY Post.
“And with what Golden State has, I thought that it would be kind of a similar situation to Brooklyn last year. I think it’s a nice niche for me. I can carve out a good role there, and I think, too, I was a priority, so they’re looking for me to come in and play a significant role.”
Livingston would have likely continued to have gotten big minutes with the Nets, but because of their salary cap situation they really wouldn’t have been able to show him the money. In the end, it’s about the money so this isn’t a big surprise. He was a nice piece and it’s going to be interesting to see how the Nets replace him.