Warriors’ Shaun Livington out 6-8 weeks following toe surgery

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Shaun Livingston was a productive member of the Nets last season, and though the team wanted to re-sign him once he hit free agency this summer, the reality was that Livingston would receive more lucrative offers to play somewhere else.

The Warriors came with the strongest offer, and signed Livingston to a three-year deal worth just over $16 million. But he’ll be out of action for the next couple of months, after it was discovered during his physical that he would require surgery.

From The Associated Press:

Golden State Warriors guard Shaun Livingston is expected to be out six to eight weeks after having arthroscopic surgery on the big toe of his right foot. …

The team says he was diagnosed with a sprained right big toe at the time and his foot was placed in a cast. The Warriors say Livingston was re-evaluated last week and it was determined that surgery was needed.

This seems minor, and if the timetable is to be believed, Livingston would be ready in time for training camp, which opens at the beginning of September. It does put him behind in terms of his conditioning, but the long-term benefits he’ll be able to provide next season should be well worth the wait.

Livingston has struggled with injuries throughout his career, and has bounced around a bit because of it. But he had one of the best seasons of his career with Brooklyn, averaging 8.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 26 minutes per contest, while starting in 54 of his 76 regular season appearances.