The Golden State Warriors announced on Friday that guard Shaun Livingston underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on the big toe of his right foot earlier in the week. Livingston is expected to be out a minimum of six-to-eight weeks.
Livingston, then a member of the Brooklyn Nets, first suffered the injury on April 8 in Miami. He was diagnosed with a sprained toe, which caused him to miss the final five regular season games. Livingston returned for the playoffs and played in all 12 Nets' games.
Livingston still suffered from the injury when the Warriors signed him to a three-year contract on July 11. As part of the treatment, Livingston’s right foot was placed in a cast. During a re-evaluation last week, the injury was found to still be present and surgery was necessary.
The surgery was performed on Wednesday by Dr. Richard Ferkel at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute in Van Nuys. A procedure was done to clean out debris in Livingston’s toe and he will be in a splint for the first three weeks. Livingston will most likely be unavailable for the start of training camp at the end of September.
Livingston is coming off a season where he averaged 8.3 points, 3.2 assists, 1.4 turnovers and 1.2 steals in 76 games with the Nets. He started 54 games and averaged 9.1 points on 47.6 percent shooting. In 22 games off the bench, Livingston averaged 6.2 points on 51.0 percent shooting. The Warriors signed Livingston to improve their bench, which was one of the worst units in the league last season.
Livingston, 28, will serve as All-Star Stephen Curry’s primary backup. But he will also play alongside Curry and spelling Klay Thompson in the process. With the 6-foot-7 Livingston being a solid and versatile defender, new Warriors coach Steve Kerr should have no problem putting him and Curry on the court at the same time.