You can definitely make an argument that Brooklyn Nets guard Shaun Livingston played a lot better than Deron Williams last season. While Williams was sidelined with ankle problems, Livingston was earning major minutes for the Nets and helped become an unsung floor general on the court.
It’s going to be incredibly tough for the Nets to keep Livingston after the season he had in Brooklyn. He played in a career-best 76 games averaging 26 minutes per game with 8.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists mostly coming off the bench. The 28-year-old could get a better deal than what the Nets could offer, and if Livingston were to accept one, it will hurt Brooklyn a lot.
Behind Williams on the bench, the Nets would have to look at Marquis Teague or rookie Xavier Thames to take over the duties Livingston would leave behind. Neither player could really fill the shoes of Livingston and his 14.5 PER. He is the only player the Nets really trusted to take over for Williams when he was hurting consistently.
Livingston signed a one-year, $1.2 million deal with Brooklyn at the beginning of last season. There will be plenty of teams willing to give him a big payday. The Charlotte Hornets, San Antonio Spurs and Orlando Magic are just some of the teams in need of a guard like Livingston to provide help at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions on the court.