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Warriors push back guarantee with Shaun Livingston creating cap room

Shaun Livingston, Warriors

The Golden State Warriors have created some cap room by pushing back the date on Shaun Livingston’s guaranteed contract.

Livingston’s $7.7 million contract would have become guaranteed on June 30, but the Warriors pushed it back to July 10. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, making this move would give the Dubs some cap space flexibility.

This is the last year on Livingston’s contract. If the Warriors waive him, they would owe him $2 million.

Livingston, 33, has been one of the key pieces of the Warriors dynasty. He joined the team back in 2014, the first year of Steve Kerr and the same season that the Warriors won the title. Since then, he’s been a fundamental part of the team’s three championships in the last five years.

As part of the team’s second unit, Livingston’s task is to hold down the fort up until the starters’ return. He does this with his efficient perimeter jumper, as well as his impeccable decision making. In critical moments, Kerr inserts him back in knowing that he’ll make the right play even under pressure.

The pushing back of his guarantee simply means that the Warriors want a clearer view of the free agency picture before making any moves. As they prepare to enter the 2019-2020 season, they would certainly want Livingston to be there.