Warriors Rumors: Golden State to Work to Retain Shaun Livingston

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 19, 2017

Golden State Warriors guard Shaun Livingston (34) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, in Denver. The Warriors won 125-101. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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With a handful of their players set to hit free agency this offseason, the Golden State Warriors have Shaun Livingston among those they hope to re-sign, The Vertical's Shams Charania reported Monday.

Livingston has averaged 5.8 points and 2.7 assists a game in his three seasons with Golden State. He earned a little over $5.7 million in the final year of his current contract.

Stephen Curry is a free agent, while Kevin Durant can opt out of his contract and become a free agent as well. Considering their status on the team and success they've enjoyed, they'll both almost assuredly remain in the Bay Area.

Less predictable will be the futures of Livingston, Ian Clark, JaVale McGee, Andre Iguodala and Zaza Pachulia. Iguodala in particular is in line for a big pay raise, with Charania reporting the veteran wing could command as much as $20 million a year.

While the Warriors have spared no expense in order to build a dynasty, paying Iguodala that much might be a bridge too far for general manager Bob Myers.

Livingston, on the other hand, will earn far less than that. According to Spotrac, he's also one of three Warriors free agents—Curry and Iguodala being the others—with Bird Rights, so Golden State can go over the salary cap in order to re-sign him.

The Warriors' depth is one reason they've won two NBA titles in three years. Being able to call upon Livingston off the bench is a nice luxury for Golden State. He's an experienced guard who creates matchup problems for opponents because of his height (6'7").

Should Livingston's contract demands climb too high, the Warriors may be better off evaluating all of their options. Otherwise, there's little reason to expect him playing elsewhere in 2017-18.

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