Livingston will have his $5.8 million option picked up by the Warriors for the 2016-17 season, Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports. Livingston was already guaranteed $3 million of the contract, but the final $2.8 million of the deal won't become officially guaranteed until Thursday. The Warriors have already stated they've elected to pay the full salary, so Livingston will be with the team for a fourth straight season. Considered Stephen Curry's main backup at point guard, the 30-year-old veteran played a key role for the Warriors when Curry was hurt. However, when Curry's healthy, Livingston usually remains off the fantasy radar in the majority of formats.
Livingston scored a team-high 20 points (8-10 FG, 4-4 FT) with four rebounds, three assists and a steal in 27 minutes in Thursday night's win over the Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. It was an odd night for Golden State, who watched their prolific backcourt duo of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combine for as many points as Livingston. The bench came up big for the Warriors, as Leandro Barbosa (11 points, 5-5 FG) and Andre Iguodala (12 points) provided a lift while Curry/Thompson were a combined 8-for-27 from the field. While it was nice to see the respected Livingston play such a big role, this is not the Warriors' typical recipe for winning. Game 2 is set for Sunday in Oakland.
Livingston scored five points (2-4 FG, 1-1 FT) along with six rebounds, one assist and one blocked shot in 14 minutes in Monday night's win over the Thunder in Game 7. That's a modest statistical line, but Livingston had two key buckets, igniting a 12-0 run late in the third quarter to put Golden State in charge of the game. Until that point, the bench had combined for just seven points in two-and-a-half quarters, but Livingston hit a one-handed floater, followed by an aggressive unmolested dash for a dunk-and-one. Most times, the reserves merely need to maintain the status quo, but during Game 7, they provided the bounce that helped send Golden State to the NBA Finals for a second straight year. Game 1 against the Cleveland Cavaliers begins Thursday night.
Livingston scored four points (2-7 FG) and added three rebounds and one assist across 21 minutes during Monday's 108-102 Game 1 loss to the Thunder. Livingston has come off the bench during the Warriors' last two postseason games with Stephen Curry (knee) returning to the court. Unsurprisingly, the move to the second unit has resulted in a drop in minutes and production for Livingston, who is now averaging 10.5 points, 4.3 assists and 3.4 rebounds across 24.8 minutes in 11 games during the playoffs.
Livingston played just 12 minutes and finished with four points (2-5 FG), three rebounds, one assist, and one steal before being ejected in Monday's Game 4 win against the Trail Blazers. Livingston's run as a viable value pick in Playoff DFS formats is likely finished, as the veteran guard lost his cool and got tossed with 1:52 left in the first half. He's lucky Steph Curry caught fire while testing his right knee Monday night, otherwise his ejection could have had serious implications for this semifinal series. Head coach Steve Kerr will most likely return to his standard rotation if Curry is good to go for Game 5, leaving the steady backup to his usual 15 or 20 minutes of action.
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