Shaun Livingston’s career nearly ended 12 years ago far ahead of his schedule because of a gruesome knee injury. Now, he gets to retire on his own terms — and with three championships after playing a key role during the Golden State Warriors’ recent title runs.
The 34-year-old Livingston announced his retirement on social media Friday following 15 NBA seasons, an anticipated move for the veteran guard. He reached the NBA Finals in each of his five seasons with Golden State, his ninth NBA team.
Livingston, who signed a $24 million, three-year contract in 2017 but was waived by the Warriors in July to cut salary costs, has discussed working in the front office with the team.
“After 15 years in the NBA, I’m excited, sad, fortunate and grateful all in one breath. Hard to put into a caption all of the emotions it takes to try and accomplish your dreams,” Livingston shared in a post on his Instagram and Twitter accounts. “I wasn’t supposed to be here. Anybody that has beat the odds understands the mental and emotional strain it takes to inspire yourself on an uphill war, let alone inspire others.”
Source: Associated Press via ESPN
Report: Bradley Beal, Wizards Agree to Two-Year Extension
In a commitment carrying leaguewide ramifications, Washington Wizards All-Star guard Bradley Beal has agreed to extend his deal for two years on a $72 million maximum contract, agent Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports told ESPN on Thursday morning.
Beal’s extension, which will begin with the 2021-22 season, includes a player option for 2022-23 that keeps him out of free agency for three more seasons and guarantees him nearly $130 million over four years.
Assuming that Beal, 26, declines his player option upon reaching 10 years of service in 2022 to re-sign with Washington, he would be eligible to sign the largest contract in NBA history: five years for $266 million.
To leave Washington in three years, Beal could sign a four-year, $198 million deal with a new team.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
Sources: Pistons ‘very open’ to Trading Langston Galloway
Two league sources tell the Free Press the Pistons are very open to moving [Langston] Galloway, which isn’t surprising. The Pistons have engaged teams on Galloway for months, but his price tag (one year, $7.3 million) remains a challenging roadblock.
Report: Ante Zizic Out Four Weeks with Plantar Fasciitis in Left Foot
Cleveland Cavaliers center Ante Zizic will be sidelined for approximately four (4) weeks after missing all four preseason games with discomfort and soreness in his left foot. Imaging at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health and evaluation by the Cavaliers medical staff revealed Zizic is experiencing plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Zizic will now undergo a period of treatment and rehabilitation and his return to play will be updated as appropriate.
Source: Cleveland Cavaliers