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Shaun Livingston joins Warriors’ front office

Shaun Livingston, Warriors

The Golden State Warriors are hiring Shaun Livingston to a front-office post, per Marcus Thompson of The Athletic.

The move comes on the same day the Warriors brought on Leandro Barbosa.

“I want to serve people,” Livingston said in a recent phone interview. “I want to help others. That’s what I get the most joy out of. So whether it’s at the boys club, you know, Salvation Army — whatever it is, it is going to be in service of other people.”

This is the core of why Livingston has decided to join the Warriors’ front office.

Livingston — whose title is director, players affairs and engagement — will be the highest-ranking Black person in the Warriors’ front office since Mitch Richmond in 2008.

Shaun Livingston won three championships with the Warriors. He retired from the NBA following the end of the 2019 Finals, where Golden State lost in six games to the Toronto Raptors.

During his run with the Warriors, Livingston was argubaly the best back up point guard in the league. He averaged 5.4 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists in the regular season with Golden State while shooting 52.0 percent from the field.

The Dubs are expected to return to the playoffs next season after finishing with the worst record in the NBA in 2019-20 before the season was suspended in March due to the coronavirus. The team will have Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in the backcourt together again.

Curry only played in five games this season, while Thompson missed the entire campaign recovering from his ACL tear.