Shaun Livingston is my flyer pick here in case Dallas does land a good starting point guard elsewhere. Livingston has been one of the backup guards in Golden State for the last few years and has really found a names for himself again as a legitimate contributor on both ends of the court.
Despite suffering one of the most severe injuries the NBA has ever seen in live-game action, Livingston fought his way back from having to learn how to walk again in 2007 to being one of the best players on the Brooklyn roster in 2013. He is not just a heartwarming story though, Livingston is an absolute baller.
Although his numbers will not jump out of the paper at you, Shaun Livingston is a threat on both ends of the court in different ways. He is a 6’7″ point guard that can effectively guard the 1-3 on the court. His 6’11” wingspan terrorizes players and causes a lot of disruption in passing lanes on defense. His offense is not spectacular but he is a good passer and an excellent midrange shooter.
The Mavericks would love to have a guard like Livingston because of his versatility. He is 31 years old but still shows a lot of life and is playing arguably the best basketball of his career. His length on defense would be something that Carlisle would particularly love to have.
Shaun Livingston would like it in Dallas because it would give him a new scene where he could be a much more important player for Dallas than he was with Golden State. It would be tough to leave the team that is destined for more NBA titles, but it could be a good move for him to make if a change is desired, however unlikely.
This would not work simply because Livingston has no reason to leave Golden State. He is making good money and is an active role player for the team that is the undoubted favorite to win the title once again. Dallas won’t be overpaying for a 31-year old either, so the fit is questionable.
As time goes on there will be more and more players tied to the Mavericks through some rumor or another, but this is just a short list of point guards that the Mavs could realistically attempt a run at this offseason. They may not work, but it never hurts to try…right?