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Warriors' Shaun Livingston out 6-8 weeks after toe surgery

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

Shaun Livingston is out 6-8 weeks.   (Getty)
Shaun Livingston is out 6-8 weeks. (Getty)

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The Golden State Warriors announced Friday that free agent signee guard Shaun Livingston will miss 6-8 weeks after having arthroscopic surgery on his right big toe.

The procedure, a debridement (cleaning out of debris) in his right big toe, was performed on Wednesday, August 13, by Dr. Richard Ferkel at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute in Van Nuys, CA. As part of his rehabilitation from the surgery, Livingston will be in a splint for the first three weeks of his recovery.

Livingston, 28, signed with the Warriors as a free agent on July 11, 2014. At that time he was diagnosed with a sprained right big toe and his right foot was placed in a cast as part of treatment for the injury. During a re-evaluation last week, it was determined that the injury was still present.

The prognosis puts him back around the middle of October at the latest, with plenty of time to get back into the rotation before the end of preseason. It's a concern because at times, toe injuries can linger based on the amount of time and pressure that is spent on them. For instance, Mavericks guard Devin Harris missed more time than expected with a toe injury last season.

But given that Livingston came back from one of the most traumatic knee injuries in NBA history to become a useful rotation player, you have to like his odds to get back from arthroscopic toe surgery.

Livingston averaged 8.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 3.2 assists last season for the Nets. He signed a three-year, $16 million deal with the Warriors this summer for the mid-level exception.

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