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Rumor: Warriors likely to buy out Shaun Livingston’s contract

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The Golden State Warriors may have lost in the 2019 NBA Finals, but the team is staying active in the offseason. According to Mark Medina of The Mercury News, the Warriors are expected to negotiate a buyout with guard Shaun Livingston.

Via The Mercury News:

The Warriors are expected to negotiate a buyout with Shaun Livingston since only $2 million of his $7.7 million of his contract is guaranteed next season. Livingston has also strongly hinted he will retire to cap off a 15-year NBA career.

As Medina noted in his report, Livingston is guaranteed $2 million of his contract for next season. However, if he is still on Golden State’s roster beyond June 30, he’ll be owed $7.7 million. This means the Warriors will need to make a decision sooner rather than later.

There have been reports indicating that Livingston is contemplating retirement, but nothing has been confirmed as of yet:

“I don’t know,” Livingston replied when asked about his retirement. “We’ll see. We’ll see what happens. I think come summer time, I’ll make the decision and see what happens based on the team and my personal journey and just go from there.”

Livingston, now 33 years of age, has been a key member of Golden State’s rotation for quite a while. The former No. 4 overall pick made 64 appearances off the bench last season, racking up averages of 4.0 points on 51.9 percent shooting from the field, 1.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 15.1 minutes per outing.