This past season, the Golden State Warriors were one of the biggest surprise teams in the NBA. The addition of combo guard Shaun Livingston will only help them remain near the top of the Western Conference when the 2014-15 regular season gets under way.
On the opening day of 2014 NBA Free Agency, the Warriors came to an agreement with Livingston on a three-year, $16 million deal that will help them fill a significant void in their roster.
Golden State has reached an agreement with Nets free agent guard Shaun Livingston, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 2, 2014
It’s become clear that the Warriors weren’t planning on bringing back guards Jordan Crawford and Steve Blake, so the addition of a versatile player like Livingston will give Golden State the ability to mix and match the lineup as need be. They also needed a solid backup behind shooting guard Klay Thompson, and appear to have found exactly that.
There are some concerns considering Livingston’s recent history of knee issues, but the nine-year NBA veteran should have no problem being a big part of the Warriors’ attack this upcoming season. This past season with the Brooklyn Nets proved he can still be a reliable scorer and defender, so there’s plenty for Golden State fans to be excited about with this recent signing.
The biggest issue is that Livingston’s reported deal now makes the Warriors “hard capped,” which means that their only ways to add players are either minimum deals or trades. It’s definitely going to limit their options as the offseason gets under way, but the roster appears to be nearly complete at this point, so it’s not necessarily a glaring issue.
Some might see this as a head-scratching move considering the $16 million price tag, but Livingston is definitely a strong addition for the Warriors.