Wizards sign Livingston for remainder of the season [UPDATED]
Shaun Livingston will finish the season as a member of the Wizards. When Livingston's second 10-day expired, the Wizards had to decide to keep or let him go. It made sense to keep him since he has already emerged as the starting point guard after only being around for 10 games.
After starting the season in Oklahoma City, getting cut in December and spending the next two months working out in Chicago and Florida hoping for some team to reach out, Livingston was understandably excited about sticking around.
"I'm being blessed. I'm in the league, a chance to showcase and play," he said. "I'm just happy, man."
In 10 games, including two starts, Livingston is averaging 4.9 points and 3.3 assists. He replaced Randy Foye as the starter after scoring a season-high 18 points with eight assists against Orlando last Saturday.
"I knew that the opportunity was going to present itself, but nothing is guaranteed. It's every day, at a day at a time," Livingston said. "It feels good. It shows my progress, just even with playing, regardless of my performance, and them giving me confidence to go out there and play and endure the physical grind."
Livingston, the former No. 4 overall pick of the Los Angeles Clippers in 2004, is with his fourth team since tearing three ligaments and disclocating the knee cap in his left knee on Feb. 26, 2007. Oddly enough, Livingston signed his first 10-day contract with the Wizards exactly three years later.
"He's done a nice job. We have 15, 16 games to go and we want to give him a real good look for the rest of the season," Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld said in a telephone interview from Milwaukee, where he is scouting the NCAA Tournament. "Obviously, he had an unfortunate injury and he is still on the road to recovery, but he has a real feel for position. He has point guard instincts. He's tall and he knows how to play."
Livingston said that he is most pleased that he has been able to play at a high level. "My performance has never been in doubt, as much as my physical durability. I'm doing everything I can with my knee to take care of it," he said.
He just fought through one of the most grinding stretches since he came back, playing five games in six nights. "That was crazy," he said. "I never did that before in the league and to do it now, with my circumstances as well, is tough. But we made it through, obviously not the way we wanted to without any wins."
Coach Flip Saunders said he has been cautious about using Livingston too much, given that he had missed so much time before returning to the league. But he has been pleased with what Livingston has given the team in relatively limited minutes.
"He's done extremely well for us," Saunders said. "He's a guy that we want to continue to take a look at, because he seems to get better and better every time he steps on the floor. His quickness is coming back, he's aggressive with what he's doing with the ball. We like what he's done."
Alonzo Gee was also excited about earning his second 10-day contract with the Wizards. "I feel real good about it. The hard work pays off," Gee said. "I just got to keep working at it, to get better. You just got to stay focused, don't get satisfied and stay hungry."
Andray Blatche will play tonight despite spraining his left ankle on Tuesday. He participated in the morning shootaround.
Earl Boykins did not travel with the team to Portland. He stayed behind in Denver after coming down with a virus and will join the team in Los Angeles.
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