Apr 1, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Shaun Livingston (14) looks to pass the ball while being defended by Atlanta Hawks point guard Devin Harris (34) during the first quarter at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

2013 Cleveland Cavaliers Off-Season Player Reviews – Shaun Livingston

2012 – 2013 Season Statistics with Cleveland*

GP: 49 Min: 23.2 PPG: 7.2 AST:  3.6

A Narrative 2012 – 2013 Season in Review

Looking back, claiming Shaun Livingston on waivers after the Washington Wizards released him on Christmas may have been one of the best moves General Manager Chris Grant has ever made. Livingston was one of the most important players on this team. His numbers this year are a prime example of a player’s statistics not doing him justice. At only 27 years old, Livingston was arguably the biggest and most important leader in the locker room. He stepped in when Kyrie Irving got injured and provided an immediate spark to the team. With Kyrie, Livingston was the point guard that led one of the strongest benches in the league. He is an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Off-Season Adjustments the Player Needs to Make

The only adjustment Livingston needs to make, is to keep his body healthy and in shape. Injuries are the only thing separating him from what would have been a star career, so staying healthy is the only thing he needs to worry about.

Cavalier’s Off-Season Options with the Player

Livingston is an unrestricted free agent, meaning the Cavaliers do not have him under contract. He is free to sign with another team, or return to Cleveland under a new contract.

How the Draft Could Effect the Player’s Standing on the Team

The draft will have no effect on whether or not Livingston has to worry about being on the team, if he were to return.

How New Coach Mike Brown Changes Things for the Player

Mike Brown loves gritty, hard-working, team-first players, which fits the mold of Shaun Livingston exactly. Brown would love to have him come back as the back up to the star, Kyrie.

What the Cavaliers Should Do with the Player (Including Options, Trade, Release or Keep)

Depending on what happens in free agency, like targeting a different point guard (ex. Jarrett Jack from Golden State), Cleveland should look to offer Livingston a new contract to return to the Cavs as the back up point guard. Livingston proved that he could lead the second team this season, even when there was never a fully healthy roster.

What the Cavaliers Will Do with the Player

It is hard to say right now, but Cleveland will probably not spend a lot on free agency this summer, and the main money they do spend will most likely end up going to a small forward or center, so Cleveland will bring back Shaun Livingston. He has an amazing relationship with management, and the players love him, so it looks like a great match from both sides.

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