The Golden State Warriors have made a few changes to their roster. The team lost Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala. Klay Thompson suffered a terrible injury, and h will probably miss the entire season. In their most recent move, the Warriors waived a veteran guard.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski confirmed that the Warriors have waived veteran guard Shaun Livingston. The veteran will have to look for a home in the league. Maybe he will retire.
The Warriors are doing their best to restructure their roster following Durant’s decision to leave the team. Livngston, 33, has already considered retirement, but he may not be ready to put an end to his career. Will he play next season? Well, he will have to sign a contract first.
“As the Golden State Warriors waive three-time championship guard Shaun Livingston, his intention remains to return for a 16th season in the NBA, league sources told ESPN,” Wojnarowski wrote. “Livingston, who will be 34 before the start of next season, joins a free-agent market that is full of contending teams searching for championship-hardened veterans to fortify benches… The versatile, 6-foot-7 Livingston has shown himself to be one of the league’s savviest players and strongest locker room presences.”
“The Warriors will use the waive-and-stretch provision to spread the $2 million guarantee on Livingston’s $7.7 million salary for 2019-20 over three seasons, sources told ESPN’s Bobby Marks.
“The waive-and-stretch — spreading $666,000 over three years — keeps Golden State slightly under the $138.9 million tax apron.”
Livingston signed his contract with the Golden State in July of 2014. He re-signed with the team in July of 2017. Prior to his contract with the Warriors, Livingston played with a lot of teams, including the Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, Washington Wizards, Charlotte Bobcats, Milwaukee Bucks, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Brooklyn Nets.
During his time with the Warriors, the veteran averaged 5.4 points, 2.4 assists, and 2.0 rebounds in 17.5 minutes of action off of the bench per game.
Livingston was a key player to the Warriors season and he was the second-most important consistent reserve player behind Andre Iguodala.