Warriors honor 3-time champion Shaun Livingston for his contributions after waiving him
Thank you, Shaun 💙 pic.twitter.com/7BksCLdfF8
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) July 10, 2019
The Warriors also released a statement discussing the numerous contributions he made during his tenure with the franchise:
The Warriors have waived guard Shaun Livingston: pic.twitter.com/tsjXvU9gMf
— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) July 10, 2019
Livingston joined the Warriors during the 2014-15 season, and he immediately made an impact as one of their best players off the bench. He was instrumental in the Dubs’ title wins in 2015, 2017, and 2018.
In five years (367 games) for the Warriors, Livingston averaged 5.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 3.0 assists.
When Livingston came into the league back in 2004, he was highly considered as a potential All-Star. However, injuries have derailed his career and he was never able to live up to the expectations.
But Shaun’s long accepted that and has reinvented himself as a role player. That allowed him to rejuvenate his career, which ultimately resulted in him helping the Warriors become successful.
It is unclear what Livingston’s next move is after being waived, but he’s already considered retirement last season. But he can still contribute to a championship-contending team, and with a lot of options available next season, he might decide to play one more year.
The Warriors are moving on from the dynasty they have built over the past five years, and it wasn’t Kevin Durant’s decision that made them decide that it’s time to blow the roster up and start over.
Rather, it was the decision to trade Andre Iguodala that opened the door for Golden State to usher in a new era, and waiving Livingston is just another bitter pill to swallow for the team and its fans, as they prepare and look forward to the future.