The Orlando Magic rumors continue to swirl early in the free agency period with Marc Stein reporting the Magic are one of a few teams interested in acquiring Shaun Livingston. The point guard enjoyed a surprisingly productive season in Brooklyn where he put up over 8 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists per game.
Livingston has quickly become one of the feel good stories around the league after coming back from a gruesome knee injury back in 2007. He showed promise as a first round pick out of high school in 2004, but after his injury it was a long, treacherous path for Livingston to get back into shape. He was able to carve out a niche in Jason Kidd’s rotation and with a number of teams looking to sign him as a free agent; it seems unlikely the Nets will be able to retain him.
With the recent departure of Jameer Nelson, there is an open slot at the point guard position in the Jacque Vaughn’s lineup. On one hand, Livingston may be turned off by Orlando’s inability to compete for a playoff spot. On the other hand, he may be drawn in by an opportunity to be a starter, a role he may not be able to attain many other teams. Livingston has also been in the league for a number of years, making his way through nine different teams. A journeyman like this could serve as a great mentor to 10th overall pick Elfrid Payton.
*Editor Note: Livingston agreed to a deal with the Golden State Warriors for three years and $16 million on Tuesday night.