Shaun Livingston hasn’t been shy about contemplating retirement if he can’t find a team ahead of the 2019-20 NBA season.
However, if the veteran guard does continue his career he wants to find the “ideal fit,” and for Livingston, it’s where his career started 15 years ago.
Livingston spent three seasons with the Clippers after they selected him with the fourth-overall pick in the 2004 draft and sees Los Angeles as the best option to finish out his career — if he works for them, he adds.
“(It) would be awesome, the ideal fit,” Livingston said, via the Peoria Journal Star. “That would be a part of coming full circle. But it has to work on their end. If there’s a spot, an opportunity, that would probably make the most sense. There’s been some interest (on the Clippers’ part). It’s about whether they’re ready to pull the trigger.”
Livingston was waived by the Warriors in the beginning of July.
He spent five seasons with Golden State and won three championships.
Livingston, who was set to make $7.7 million next season, will receive his $2 million in guarantees while the Warriors will get some added cap space.
He has previously said he’s at a point where he’s ready to retire, citing wear and tear after a long career including knee pain he is struggling to manage. But he does feel he has one more year left in him.
“At this point, it’s more about finishing my career the right way,” he said. “Going to where the fit is right as far as what I can bring to the table. Coming in and helping a team from a leadership standpoint, helping mentor the young guys and playing spot minutes … I’m at the stage of my career where those are the things where I add the most value.”
Livingston averaged 4.0 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 15.1 minutes per game this past season. All of those numbers were career lows and he’s coming off the second consecutive year in which he played less than 16 minutes per game.