According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Brooklyn Nets have reached an agreement with free agent point guard Shaun Livingston. Livingston will sign with Brooklyn for a one year, veteran’s minimum salary contract. He will be the third point guard on the roster, joining Deron Williams and Tyshawn Taylor.
With this signing, the Nets now have 14 players signed for next season and will likely not add a 15th, so this is the team they will move forward with.
After trading for Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry, the Nets had very little salary cap room to work with and were therefore unable to sign a more expensive backup point guard like Devin Harris or Jarrett Jack.
Still, the team has plenty of non-point guards who are very capable of handling the offense and the ball, such as Pierce, Terry, and Joe Johnson.
The Nets don’t need a whole lot from Livingston, but it would be great for him to give the team a solid 10-15 minutes per night coming off the bench for Deron Williams.
It will also be interesting to see if Livingston even wins the backup role. Expect Tyshawn Taylor to also be competing for that position on the team.
Livingston averaged 6.3 points and 3.3 assists for Cleveland last season.