New York Knicks Must Nab Shaun Livingston From Golden State Warriors in Free Agency
It is expected that the New York Knicks will undergo drastic changes this offseason. If they successfully trade franchise star Carmelo Anthony, the rebuilding process begins. A player they might want to target that can help them through this stage is veteran guard Shaun Livingston of the Golden State Warriors.
Based on the information at Spotrac.com, Livingston's contract with Golden State is going to expire following the present season. This will make him an unrestricted free agent this summer and it is unknown if the Warriors will bring him back.
Livingston is likely to be re-signed by Golden State before or once he becomes available on the market. In three seasons with the Warriors, he proved that he is a crucial piece to their success.
This season, Livingston continues to do his role as a versatile reserve for Golden State. However, a report by the Daily Knicks mentioned that his numbers dipped a bit with the addition of former MVP Kevin Durant to the Warriors. This could be a reason for New York to pursue the 31-year-old. His on-court abilities are something the Knicks need to solve some of the problems they have with their game.
According to the Daily Knicks, the Warriors can move on from Livingston since they have Patrick McCaw. He usually has the same role as the seasoned backcourt piece and is 10 years younger. The second-year player out of UNLV is showing tremendous development this season.
As of this moment, Golden State's focus is on the 2017 NBA Playoffs. The Warriors will be addressing roster and contract issues when their year ends. But it would be good for the Knicks to show interest as early as now if they want to have a savvy and versatile veteran like Livingston.
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