Report: Warriors keeping Shaun Livingston on three-year, $24 million contract

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Golden State is taking advantage of Kevin Durant‘s willingness to accept less than a max salary.

Andre Iguodala remains the big wild card, but the Warriors are signing Shaun Livingston to a contract they couldn’t afford while re-signing Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant to max deals and keeping Draymond Green and Klay Thompson.

Chris Haynes of ESPN:

Zach Lowe of ESPN:

That’s about the going rate for a good backup like Livingston. Though Livingston, who turns 32 before the season, projects to continue to decline during the deal, Golden State’s contention window is open now. The Warriors can’t afford to take a step back, and Livingston’s Bird Rights – maintained thanks to Durant’s sacrifice – allow them to spend money on Livingston they couldn’t spend on another player. The low guarantee on third year helps protect Golden State when Thompson is up for a new deal.

Attention now turns to Iguodala. The Warriors are allowed to spend up to the max without losing anyone else. The only question is how much real-world cost they’re willing to stomach.

At least Livingston gives the Warriors cover to tell Durant they did something with the money he left on the table.