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Has Livingston Set The Market For Greivis Vasquez?

It’s been reported that Shaun Livingston has come to terms on a three-year $16 million free agent deal with the Warriors which should set the market for above average backup point guards who can start if necessary and make an impact at important parts of a game.

Last year, the 28-year-old Livingston averaged 8.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists in 26 minutes and was a key member of the Nets as they made a run for the playoffs that extended into the second round. Vasquez is 27-years-old and averaged 9.6 points, 2.2 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 22.5 minutes and helped the Raptors set a club record 48 wins last season.

As an unrestricted free agent, Livingston has a negotiating advantage over Vasquez as the Raptors hold a first right of refusal on any offers their guard may receive, however, a deal in the $5-6 million range over 3-4 years should represent market value for Vasquez.

 

Stephen_Brotherston_insideStephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the Air Canada Centre and is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.