Another key piece to the Golden State Warriors’ recent dynastic run won’t be with the team as it embarks on the 2019-20 campaign.
Veteran guard Shaun Livingston is being waived by the Warriors in a move that will help them with the luxury tax.
Joining the team in 2014, Livingston had helped the Warriors to the Finals each of the past five seasons, with the team winning the championship in 2015, 2017 and 2018.
The 33-year-old who joined the NBA out of high school in 2004 averaged a modest 5.4 points, 2 rebounds and 2.4 assists in five seasons with the Warriors, but he was a key bench contributor (17.5 minutes per game) for one of the best five-year runs we’ve seen by any team. However, Livingston’s numbers dipped across the board in 2018-19 (4-1.8-1.8) and he appeared in fewer games than he had in any non-lockout season since 2009-10.
Only $2 million of the $7.69 million Livingston was owed for the 2019-20 season is fully guaranteed, and The Athletic’s Anthony Slater reported through sources that the Warriors will stretch the $2 million owed to Livingston over the next three years.
Originally, the Warriors had to make a decision on Livingston’s contract by June 30, but the two sides reportedly agreed to push the date back to July 10.
After playing for eight teams over the first nine years of his career, Livingston found a home with the Warriors in 2014. In five seasons, he was a steady leader off the bench of head coach Steve Kerr.
In 367 games with the Warriors, Livingston averaged 5.4 points, 2.4 assists and 2.0 rebounds per contest. He shot 52 percent from the field during that span.
Despite whispers that Livingston might retire, Wojnarowski reported that the guard is “determined to continue playing.”
But if Livingston is unable to find a new home, he walks off into the sunset with three NBA championships and a secure spot in the story of the Warriors’ dynasty.