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Grant Cohn: Shaun Livingston deal sets the stage

  • This Sept. 30, 2013, file photo shows Shaun Livingston posing for photos during the Brooklyn Nets media day, at the Barclay's Center, in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Jerry West won Round 1, Bob Myers won Round 2.

According to reports, the Warriors' front office is divided against itself. They were willing to include Klay Thompson in a trade for Kevin Love in June, Love a superstar, Thompson a role player. A good trade for the Warriors.

West doesn't think so. He prefers Thompson, who commits himself to defense, over Love, who doesn't. Steve Kerr concurs.

So, no deal so far.

We would understand if Myers gave up pursuing Love, threw in the towel, once West entered the ring. Good luck facing down The Logo, Bobby.

Forget the towel. Myers just cornered West and landed a liver shot.

Myers agreed to sign Shaun Livingston Tuesday evening to a three-year, $16 million contract. The signing will become official on July 10 at the earliest, after the NBA Moratorium on signings and trades is over.

Why is Livingston a liver shot to West?

The Pro-Thompson argument goes like this: Thompson is tall for his position — 6-7 — and he's a good defender, and he's a good shooter. Not many guards currently have all three of those attributes.

Livingston has two. He can defend and he's 6-7, the same height as Thompson.

Livingston can't shoot 3s, though. He attempted just six 3s and made one last season, while Thompson attempted 535 3s and made 223. Three-point shooting is the main thing Thompson has over Livingston.

And youth. Thompson is 24. Livingston is 28 and he mangled his knee seven years ago, although the knee seems fine these days.

Does Livingston have anything over Thompson? Yes, at least two things.

Livingston is a better rebounder than Thompson. Livingston grabbed 7.5 percent of the Nets' total rebounds last season. Thompson grabbed just 4.7 percent of the Warriors' rebounds. For a tall guard, Thompson is a bad rebounder.

A poor passer, too. Thompson's assist percentage was 10.2 last season. Livingston's assist percentage — 20.1 — almost doubled Thompson's.

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