NBA News: Nets reach out to Shaun Livingston

The Brooklyn Nets have reportedly reached out to point guard Shaun Livingston in hopes of replacing former reserve guard CJ Watson.

The NY Post reports that Watson (a player in whom the Cavaliers had interest) is on the verge of a deal with the Indiana Pacers, leaving a hole in an otherwise rebuilt roster.

In 66 games last season between the two teams last season (most of which was with the Cleveland Cavaliers), Livingston averaged 7.2 points, 2.5 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game while shooting 50.2 percent from the floor.

With his free agency looming, Livingston told reporters that he would play for the highest bidder in 2013-14. Though the Cavaliers are also in need of a back-up point guard, it was believed that all Cleveland would offer the 2004 fourth-overall pick would be the veteran minimum.

The Cavaliers have also expressed interest in free agent point guard Darren Collison.

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  • JeBron_Lames

    I would love either Collison, Watson, or the Cavs to bring back Shaun. It’s a great story for the league, being able to return from such a horrific injury. Regardless, I wish him the best of luck, with or without the Cavs.

  • Ben Frambaugh

    Man – I hope we’re offering just a bit more than the Nets are. I’d like to see him back in the Wine and Gold. Like JeBron_Lames (below) I still wish the man nothing but the best!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    As soon as it said “highest bidder” that eliminated the Cavaliers. I’m not sad by this I appreciate the Livingston story and I see him as having a role on the team but not for that kind of money. As long as the Cavaliers are using coupons they might as well do it in a way that makes sense.

  • typo

    I would love to have him back. I think he did a great job for us last year. As an aside, I actually have a lot of respect for him for admitting that he’s going to the highest bidder. While it is something that most humans would do, for some reason athletes are sometimes painted as selfish for doing that.

  • Ben Frambaugh

    I think it depends on what the “highest bidder” actually ends up becoming. I doubt he gets a huge deal. I think teams are still scared off by that ridiculously bad injury he has battled back from (which I fully understand.)
    I would not object to the Cavs giving him something along the lines of a 3 year 10M (total) offer. If it gets anything above 4M per year, I’d prefer he play elsewhere.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Time will tell but I predict he signs elsewhere. That’s not necessarily bad just reality.

  • scott

    “Highest bidder” can be a very subjective term…IF he has any desire to return to the Cavs, I’m sure that the appropriate combination of years and $$’s can be framed as the best overall offer for him. That said, I doubt he returns. Some GM will likely throw something along the lines of the MLE his way

  • Ben Frambaugh

    I fully expect him to be gone. I’d like him to stay. I’d like it to be that we offer him the highest (and reasonable) contract. But there are plenty of GM’s willing to burn a crap load of money.

  • woofersus

    I think I’d set the ceiling at 3y/9m personally, but I do think he’s worth more than the minimum. He was always going to test the market and see what his value is now that he showed he can still play, so the Cavs have no choice but to explore alternatives as well.

  • Kildawg

    Albert Belle said that after the 1995 season, that he was going to go to whoever paid him the most money. White Sox and Orioles ended up selling out tons of dough for a guy that got hurt in a couple years.