3 Most Likely Free Agent Destinations for Shaun Livingston

TORONTO, ONTARIO - JUNE 10:  Shaun Livingston #34 of the Golden State Warriors warms up prior to Game Five of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors at Scotiabank Arena on June 10, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Shaun Livingston was waived by the Golden State Warriors on July 9, ending his five-year career with the team that included three NBA titles. Livingston, 33, will now become an unrestricted free agent.

Livingston intends to keep playing, and while his days as a rotation mainstay might be over, the 15-year veteran can offer a leadership role off the bench for a number of contending teams.

Here are three possible free agent destinations for Livingston, who will be looking to secure a deal in the next few weeks.

3. Houston Rockets

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 08:   James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets in action against the Golden State Warriors during Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on May 08, 2019 in Oakland, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors - Game Five | Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

The Rockets have been very quiet this offseason, as their financial picture has limited their ability to sign free agents, while they've also stalled on signing the three currently on their roster (Kenneth Faried, Iman Shumpert, and Nene). Houston, who has also been rumored to trade Chris Paul and Clint Capela, is in position to sign a minimum-salary player like Livingston, so it's very possible the anxious Rockets make a move here. Livingston would mostly provide veteran leadership behind a guard rotation of James Harden, Paul, Eric Gordon, Austin Rivers, and Shumpert.

2. Philadelphia 76ers

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 09: Ben Simmons #25 and Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers help Tobias Harris #33 off the floor against the Toronto Raptors in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at the Wells Fargo Center on May 9, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 76ers defeated the Raptors 112-101. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Toronto Raptors v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Six | Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

The 76ers are one of the few teams Livingston hasn't played on (the total is nine), but they are a contender who can use a veteran off the bench, as their core is mostly made up of young players. Livingston could slot in as the backup point guard in Philly, as their depth is a little lacking at the moment following the departure of T.J. McConnell. The Sixers may add another PG to the roster, but this may be the best destination for him from a playing time perspective. The Sixers also love size, another thing Livingston has in spades.

1. Los Angeles Clippers

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 24:  Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers congratulates Lou Williams #23 of the LA Clippers after he made a basket against the Golden State Warriors during Game Five of the first round of the 2019 NBA Western Conference Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on April 24, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Clippers v Golden State Warriors - Game Five | Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

The most feel-good story for Livingston would be making a return to the team where his NBA journey started. Livingston played his first three seasons with the Clippers, before a horrific knee injury almost ended his career. Now, he has a chance to bring things full circle, by joining a team that is suddenly a top NBA title contender. The Clips have Patrick Beverley as their starter, but Livingston can carve out a small role off the bench, as Lou Williams is more of a combo guard, leaving the team with no true backup PG.

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