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Nets GM says re-signing Shaun Livingston this summer is ‘priority number one’

Mar 22, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

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Shaun Livingston has had one of his best seasons as a pro with Brooklyn this year, providing stability and athleticism at the guard position while starting in 43 of his 65 appearances.

Livingston will be a free agent this summer, and all signs point to him cashing in if he gets the chance. He’s been on essentially minimum salary deals since suffering the horrific knee injury early in his career, and making the most money possible in what may be his final chance to do so on a long-term deal would obviously make the most sense.

Nets GM Billy King spoke with reporters before Friday’s win over the Celtics, and said he has every intention of re-signing Livingston, but admitted that the finances might be a challenge.

From Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News:

King also used his 10-minute session with the media Friday to applaud the job of Kidd and proclaim that re-signing impending free agent Shaun Livingston is “priority No. 1.”

Two days after Livingston hinted to the Daily News that he’s keen on signing a big contract – one the Nets can’t afford because they’re over the cap – King laid out his own options for Livingston.

“The market will set itself and then he’ll have to make a decision that’s best for him,” he said. “Do you take a million more to play and lose?”

That answer for Livingston will almost certainly be a resounding “yes.”

Livingston knows that his role with the Nets has played a part in the value he’s now earned, but he also is well aware that this might be his best chance to secure a multi-year deal for more than the Nets have to offer.

Brooklyn will likely have a mid-level exception to give to Livingston, which will be in the neighborhood of just over $3 million per year. But if he can get more elsewhere, or if he can gain the security of more years on his next contract, Livingston will likely (and wisely) sign for the most money possible.

  1. jerdogthompson - Mar 22, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    I remember when the Clippers signed him with very high hopes. I also remember that game against the Bobcats and that horrific knee injury. I’m very happy he has fully recovered and wish the best for Shaun as it seems he’s one of the good guys.

  2. billsfanaddict - Mar 22, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    I feel like every once every year-n-a-half or two I wonder to myself if he’s gotten himself more playing time or a healthier knee. Quite a lost career that one is, had the talent & the brain but he barely even needed them with his measureables. Too bad, this is one of the very few cases where I hope the guy takes the money [within reason] b/c hes lost dozens of millions and half a career, pardon the pun, but he could use a few good breaks to finish out his career over the next handful of seasons.

  3. vikesdynasty - Mar 22, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Clippers drafted him #4.

  4. eugenesaxe1 - Mar 22, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    ““Do you take a million more to play and lose?””

    The Nyets are 5th in the E-League, so he’s well accustomed to losing. Might as well get paid as much as possible while doing it.

  5. sumkat - Mar 22, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Odd

    I’d of thought their priority would be to put together a team that has a higher ceiling than “hopefully we don’t play Miami or Indy in the first round”

  6. Kevin S. - Mar 22, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    As a Nets fan who has very much enjoyed getting to watch Livingston play this season, I absolutely hope he commands a contract well higher than what the Nets can offer him.

  7. Kevin S. - Mar 22, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    As a Nets fan who has very much enjoyed getting to watch Livingston play this season, I absolutely hope he commands a contract well higher than what the Nets can offer him.

  8. jolink653 - Mar 22, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    After that awful knee injury he suffered, it’s great to see him back and performing at a high level. I hope he lands a big deal, whether it be with the Nets or another team. He’s earned it

  9. kclanton80 - Mar 23, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    livingstons number one pritority should be getting out of there. Would like to see him replace chalmers on the heat.

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