Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski tweets that point guard Shaun Livingston has signed with the Golden State Warriors. The 28-year-old will sign a three-year contract worth $16 million, a price the Nets certainly could not match considering their tight payroll situation.
Livingston signed for the veteran's minimum last summer following a year as Kyrie Irving's backup in Cleveland. The 6'7" Livingston was one of the most sought after free agents following his strong season in Brooklyn in which he averaged 8.3 points/game on 48.3% shooting. Livingston started 54 games for the team this past season, playing a major role in the team's "small ball" playing style after center Brook Lopez was lost for the year in December.
According to TNT's David Aldridge, Livingston told him that the main reason he decided to leave Brooklyn was that the Nets could not offer him much money since they are over the luxury tax for the second straight year.
In related news, the Nets are considering their options to replace Livingston as the team's backup point guard. ESPN's Marc Stein reports that the Nets may try to trade for Cleveland guard Jarrett Jack. The two teams reportedly discussed a trade involving Jack and Marcus Thronton as recently as two weeks ago.
GM Billy King also has said that the team may look into signing free agent point guard Jameer Nelson. The 31-year-old point guard has played his entire ten-year career with the Orlando Magic, averaging 12.6 points per game, 5.4 assists, 1.0 steal and shooting just over 44% in that decade. The Nets are reportedly also considering signing Brooklyn native Sebastian Telfair.
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