The Warriors waived Livingston on July 9 and he was still an unrestricted free agent because he wasn’t sure about whether or not he wanted to retire. Livingston made his announcement through social media, posting the following on Instagram:
Shaun Livingston averaged 15.5 minutes per game over his last two seasons with the Warriors and there were reports at the end of the season that he was weighing retirement.
This is what he told The Athletic: “It’s just all the signs on the wall. And just more so from a physical standpoint. If I’m healthy and having fun, then I want to play. But physically, if I’m not… Like, I put so much work in my body just to get back to playing basketball, let alone get to this point where I’m at.”
The 34-year-old played 15 years in the NBA, averaging 6.3 points, 3.0 assists, 2.4 rebounds in 20.6 minutes over 833 games (191 starts) with the Clippers, Heat, Thunder, Wizards, Hornets, Bucks, Cavaliers, Nets and Warriors. He was drafted No. 4 overall by the Clippers in 2004 and he joined the Warriors in 2014 and won three NBA Championships with them.
Livingston’s career was supposed to be over when he tore his ACL, PCL and lateral meniscus in 2007. It was one of the worst injuries in NBA history and the fact that he was able to come back is inspiring. He returned in the 2008-09 season, playing 12 games for the Heat and Thunder. Livingston was supposed to be a star in the NBA but he still had a great career as a role player and his perseverance should be an example for all of us.