Livingston Leaves Nets After One NBA Season to Join Warriors

Shaun Livingston is leaving the Brooklyn Nets to sign a free agent contract with the Golden State Warriors, his ninth team as he enters his 10th season in the National Basketball Association.

Livingston, a 6-foot-7 guard who was the fourth pick in the 2004 NBA draft, will get a three-year, $16 million contract from the Warriors, USA Today reported, citing an unidentified person familiar with the agreement. The deal can’t be officially completed until July 10, when the NBA’s moratorium on trades and signings is lifted.

“Thank you Brooklyn for embracing me,” Livingston, 28, wrote on his Twitter account. “Golden State, excited to be part of the movement!!!”

Livingston started a career-high 54 games for the Nets last season, averaging 8.3 points, 3.2 assists and 3.2 rebounds. He appeared in a career-high 76 games and made the playoffs for the second time, the latest step in a comeback from a 2007 knee injury that put his NBA career in jeopardy.

In his third NBA season, with the Los Angeles Clippers, Livingston tore three ligaments in his knee -- the anterior cruciate, posterior cruciate and medial collateral -- dislocated his knee cap and also tore his lateral meniscus. After surgery and a year out of the NBA, he bounced between six teams over a five-season span -- Miami, Oklahoma City, Washington, Charlotte, Milwaukee and Cleveland -- before assuming a featured role for a playoff team in the Nets.

Livingston averaged 9.7 points, 3.3 assists and 3.5 rebounds during Brooklyn’s postseason run, his first trip to the playoffs since 2006. He’s averaged 7.0 points and 3.4 assists in 466 NBA games, including 176 starts.

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