The Golden State Warriors added some much needed depth to the guard position on Tuesday when they signed free agent Shaun Livingston to a three year, approximately $16 million dollar deal.
After trying to fill the void last year with players like Kent Bazemore, Jordan Crawford and Steve Blake, the Warriors may have found their man in Livingston.
Livingston resurrected his career last season with the Brooklyn Nets, averaging over eight points per game while shooting over 48% from the field. He played in 76 games, the most in any season of his career while starting in 54 of them. He was a vital piece to the Nets surge in the second half of the season as he played alongside Deron Williams.
That's another key for the Warriors, he's interchangeable between the point and shooting guard positions, and can spell Steph Curry and Klay Thompson for certain amounts of time. Although he doesn't provide the shooting like those two, he's a floor general who can post up and provide solid defense. That's what Golden State was missing the most between the previously mentioned backups last year.
No Love Lost
The addition of Livingston all but shuts down the Kevin Love trade talks, as the Warriors refuse to budge on Klay Thompson.. This also signals the goodbyes of Blake and Crawford, as Golden State is now hard pressed against the cap with almost $71 million in contracts locked up for next year.
Back in 2004, Livingston was the fourth pick in the NBA draft. He's had quite a journey since then. In his third season, he suffered what could have been a devastating knee injury that almost ended his career. It took him over a year and a half to recover, and after playing with seven different teams and two stints with the Wizards in six seasons, he's finally landed a long term deal with the Warriors. He was also waived four times during that six year stretch.
His is one of the better feel good stories in the NBA as he went from his leg almost being amputated, bouncing around for six years, to landing on a quality roster for over $5 million per for three years.
The Warriors rotation is now set as they have Curry, Thompson and Livingston in the backcourt. Andre Igoudala and Harrison Barnes at the wing, and David Lee, Andrew Bogut and Draymond Green down low.
Can anyone blame Steve Kerr for picking this coaching job over the Knicks? I sure can't...