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NBA Rumors: Livingston Out 6-8 Weeks After Surgery

Shaun Livingston out six to eight weeks after surgery … Jordan Hamilton signs with Toronto Raptors … E’Twaun Moore to sign with Chicago Bulls

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Shaun Livingston Out 6-8 Weeks After Foot Surgery

via Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports – Twitter 

Golden State Warriors guard Shaun Livingston will be inactive for a minimum of six-to-eight weeks after undergoing surgery to clean out debris in his right big toe on August 13. Livingston, who signed a three-year, $16 million contract with the Warriors this offseason, was diagnosed with a sprained right big toe and placed in a cast back in July, but it was determined last week that the injury had not fully healed. After undergoing the surgery, Livingston will be a in a splint for three weeks.

Livingston played with the Brooklyn Nets last season on a one-year, veteran’s minimum deal. He often filled in for star point guard Deron Williams, who struggled through injuries last season. Livingston, who has bounced around the league for years while recovering from a traumatic knee injury suffered in 2007, brought playmaking and defense to Brooklyn. He averaged 8.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.2 steals, and shot 48.3 percent from the field.

With Golden State, Livingston joins star guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in the backcourt. His ability to handle the ball should take some of the playmaking responsibilities off of the shoulders of Curry, allowing him to play off the ball.

Barring any setbacks, under the current time estimate, Livingston should be ready to return before the season starts.

Jordan Hamilton Reaches Deal With Toronto Raptors

via Shams Charania of RealGM – Twitter 

Jordan Hamilton is heading to Toronto to reunite with Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri, who acquired Hamilton in the 2011 draft with the Denver Nuggets.

Hamilton is a young forward who specializes as a three-point marksman, While he has only shot 40.6 percent from the field over his three-year career, he is a career 35.8 percent three-point shooter. Last season, in 60 games, Hamilton averaged 6.7 points, 3.2 rebounds, 0.9 assists and shot 39.1 percent from the field and 35.4 percent from beyond-the-arc.

Hamilton joins a talented crop of wings in Toronto, including DeMar DeRozan, Terrence Ross and James Johnson. Hamilton, who played 17 minutes per game last season, will likely compete with Landry Fields for court time.

E’Twaun Moore to Sign With Bulls 

Former Orlando Magic guard E’Twaun Moore will sign with the Chicago Bulls in the next few days, according to sources. Several reports indicated the young guard was joining the Cleveland Cavaliers but those rumors are false.

via Mary Stevens of Sports Talk Florida 

E’Twaun Moore, who spent the first three seasons of his career with the Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic, is set to sign a contract with the Chicago Bulls, contrary to earlier reports that he was likely to land with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Moore, who is capable of playing both point guard and shooting guard, will backup Derrick Rose, Kirk Hinrich and Jimmy Butler.

However, Moore is arguably most effective as a spot up three-point shooter at this point as he needs to improve on his point guard skills to be a consistent contributor as a playmaker.

Last season Moore averaged 6.3 points, 1.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and shot 42.8 percent from the field and 35.4 percent from beyond-the-arc.

Jesse Blancarte is a Deputy Editor for Basketball Insiders. He is also an Attorney and a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.

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