Nets general manager Billy King noted recently that retaining starting guard Shaun Livingston was his top offseason priority, after the 28-year-old guard on a one-year minimum contract emerged as a key part of Jason Kidd’s hybrid starting lineups.
But Livingston’s just trying to focus on getting ready for the postseason, where he hasn’t played since the 2005-06 season with the Los Angeles Clippers. “There’s a lot of basketball left,” Livingston told The Brooklyn Game. “Playoffs is big. I’m really excited.”
Since his horrific knee injury in 2007, Livingston hasn’t stuck anywhere long, bouncing around with seven different teams over five seasons before landing in Brooklyn this year. But Livingston has set numerous career-highs in his inaugural season in Brooklyn, including games played, games started, minutes played, minutes played in a single game, points, and rebounds.
His recent resurgence has solidified that there will be a market for him in free agency this summer. The Nets can only offer him a three-year contract worth about $10 million, which may or may not be enough to keep him. “The market will set itself,” King added. “I’ll meet with him and his agent on July 1, and try to keep him here.”
Livingston finds comfort in the fact that he’s coveted, when there were times that it looked like he’d be out of an NBA job forever. “Whatever happens in the summer, I’ll kind of deal with then and think about that,” he added. “But I’m blessed to be in this situation. I’d rather be in this situation than the opposite situation, trying to figure out, ‘okay, am I gonna have a job next year?’ So it’s like, this is, I’m very grateful, very blessed, thank God every day for this.”