Shaun Livingston, who makes $1.3 million this season, becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1 ... no team options, no player options.
The most the Nets can offer him is the mini-MLE at $3.3 million or $10 million over three years. If they choose to offer that to someone else, like Bojan Bogdanovic, for example, the best they can do is 120 percent above his minimum number next year. For him, that's only $1.73 million next season and a little more than $3.5 million over two. That's a big difference for a guy who's suffered a catastrophic injury and bounced around the NBA and D-League
Forbes magazine isn't helping the Nets case with its annual list of the NBA's most underpaid players. Livingston, along with the Suns' P.J. Tucker, the Clippers' Darren Collison and the Heat's Chris Andersen, are featured in Tom Van Riper's analysis, which is based on a formula that takes salary and Wins Produced into account.
What are the Nets chances of keeping Livingston. Earlier this week, he told ESPN Radio that he loves playing for the Nets --and under Jason Kidd, his champion-- but "obviously, this is a business, the business of basketball and you just got to weigh it out, but right now, I'm focused on the season and definitely on the playoffs."
- The NBA's Most Underpaid Players - Tom Van Riper - Forbes