CBSSports.com's Ken Berger confirms reports from ESPN, Yahoo, and USA Today that the Golden State Warriors have reached an agreement with free agent point guard Shaun Livingston. The deal is for a reported three-years, $16 million with a partial guarantee in the third year. To sign Livingston, the Warriors used the full Mid-Level Exception available to them.
It's tremendous value for the Warriors, who addressed a key need at backup point guard and also provided themselves with an insurance policy in the unlikely event that they trade Klay Thompson (conceivably in a Kevin Love deal, or otherwise). Livingston turns just 29 next season, and averaged 8.3 points and 3.2 assists per game for the Nets shooting 48 percent from the field. He's the rare Warriors guard who doesn't shoot well from the perimeter, but they needed a floor general and perimeter defender more than another shooter anyway.
The departure of Jordan Crawford paved the way for Livingston's addition. The Nets will miss what Livingston brought last season, as the veteran guard started several games in place of Deron Williams last year. Livingston's career was nearly cut short by a severe knee injury early on with the Clippers, but he battled to not only return as a rotation player, but a quality defender with a strong post game and good instincts. This makes the Warriors better.