The Washington Wizards announced Thursday that they signed free agent guard Shaun Livingston. Financial terms were not released.
Livingston was originally selected by the Los Angeles Clippers with the fourth overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft. The 6-7, 175-guard successfully entered the NBA directly from out of high school, Peoria Central High School in Illinois. He appeared in 26 games (18 starts) with the Wizards in 2009-10, averaging 9.2 points, 4.5 assists and 2.2 rebounds.
The seven-year veteran spent seasons with the Wizards, Clippers, Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, Charlotte Bobcats and the Milwaukee Bucks.
Livingston holds career averages of 6.8 points, 3.5 assists and 2.6 rebounds in 22.6 minutes per game while shooting .460 from the field and .778 from the line. He has appeared in 12 career playoff games (all with the Clippers during the 2005-06 campaign), averaging 7.5 points, 4.8 assists and 4.7 rebounds in 27.6 minutes.
Last season with Milwaukee, Livingston, 27, appeared in 58 games, including 27 starts, and averaged 5.5 points, 2.1 assists and 2.1 rebounds in 18.8 minutes per contest. He spent the 2012-13 preseason with the Houston Rockets, appearing in four games and averaging 2.5 points and 3.3 assists in 13.8 minutes.
Livingston has been plagued with injuries throughout his career, but his talent and skills can not be denied as he is a good player and a good, supportive teammate.
Livingston is truly a welcomed back addition for the Wizards.
“We are obviously familiar with what Shaun brings both on and off the court based on his previous time here and we’re confident that he will be a positive addition to our team,” said Grunfeld, according to the team’s press release. “His size and playmaking ability will give us more flexibility in the backcourt.”