Livingston resurrected his career last season with the Nets, averaging 8.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 3.2 assists in 76 games. It was the most games he has played in a season in his nine-year career, which has been injury-riddled, to say the least. Most fans probably recall a horrific knee injury he suffered in February of 2007 while playing for the Clippers, when he landed awkwardly after a layup attempt (I would find it and link it here, but it’s just too gruesome to watch again).
He missed the entire 2007-2008 season, rehabbing and recovering from surgery. Livingston persevered, though, and has played for eight teams the past six seasons. But his stellar, injury-free 2013-2014 campaign is what earned him a multi-year deal for the Warriors, who so desperately need a guard who can backup Stephen Curry.
The Warriors will not bring back Jordan Crawford or Steve Blake, both of whom are free agents. Neither Crawford nor Blake fit particularly well with the Warriors in the short time they were in Golden State, but hopefully Livingston is a different story. Livingston, the fourth overall pick in the 2004 draft, is more of a slasher and attacker then a shooter; in fact, he barely shoots any three-pointers.
Golden State used its full mid-level exception worth $5.3 million to sign Livingston, a reward for the hard work and dedication the veteran his put into recovering from injury and becoming a solid pro.