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Source: Warriors, Shaun Livingston agree to three-year deal

Source: Warriors, Shaun Livingston agree to three-year deal

Shaun Livingston barely stuck a toe into the free agency. He had his reasons.

The veteran point guard wanted to stay with the Warriors, because they have become family, and he wanted to stay in Oakland, because it has become home.

So Livingston and the Warriors struck a deal minutes after free agency began Friday night, agreeing to a three-year contract that could be worth as much as $24 million. No deal is official until July 6 at 9:01 a.m. PT. 

“You can’t put a price on happiness,” Livingston said in a text message to NBCSportsBayArea.com.

Livingston, who turns 32 in September, bought a home in Oakland and this year became a father for the first time. He played for eight other NBA teams before joining the Warriors on a three-year, $16.6-million deal as a free agent in July 2014.

The Warriors wanted flexibility, and Livingston and his representatives were willing to make a compromise on the third year. He’ll receive $8 million in each of the first two seasons, but has only a $2 million guarantee for the third year, according to multiple sources.

With Klay Thompson under contract and agreements with Stephen Curry and Livingston, the Warriors have assured themselves of retaining their top three guards from the past three seasons.

Warriors takeaways: What we learned in 117-107 win over Timberwolves

Warriors takeaways: What we learned in 117-107 win over Timberwolves

MINNEAPOLIS -- One day after the Warriors failed to find their shot in San Antonio, the defending champs found the necessary energy to put on a shooting display on the second night of a back-to-back.

In Tuesday's 117-107 win over the Timberwolves, the Warriors shot 48.4 percent from the field, dishing out 39 assists to just 13 turnovers.

Following the NBA All-Star break, members of the team said they wanted to clinch the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference by season's end. This win brought them closer to that goal, as the Warriors (48-22) finished their four-game trip 3-1 and maintained a half-game lead over the Denver Nuggets (47-22) atop the conference standings.

Here are the takeaways from the game at Target Center.

The Chef cooked

After surrendering a 9-0 run to start the second half, the Warriors outscored the T-Wolves 21-7 over the last nine minutes of the third quarter. Stephen Curry scored 22 points in the quarter, helping Golden State blow open the contest.

Curry, who finished with 36 points, hit his 300th 3-pointer of the season, marking the third time in his NBA career that he has eclipsed that milestone in a season.

Splash revival

Less than 24 hours after Curry and Klay Thompson shot a combined 14 of 43 from the field, the Splash Brothers put on a display. This time, they combined to shoot 23 of 42.

Thompson, who missed his first eight shot attempts Monday night, was 5 of 5 in the first quarter, helping the Warriors overcome a sluggish start. He finished with 28 points on 11-of-21 shooting.

Jerebko balled out

After toiling on the bench for most of the calendar year, Jonas Jerebko made the most of his opportunity with center DeMarcus Cousins sidelined.

Jerebko scored 18 points in 18 minutes, including 14 points in the second quarter, to help the Warriors secure a 59-47 halftime lead.

When Jerebko signed last summer, Warriors coach Steve Kerr told the eight-year veteran that his minutes would fluctuate. Over the past 21 games, the forward has had six DNPs. Kerr tends to reward players following big performances, though, so Jerebko's minutes could see an uptick in upcoming games.

Warriors vs. Timberwolves watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

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Warriors vs. Timberwolves watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

MINNEAPOLIS - Less than 24 hours after Golden State's 111-105 loss to the Spurs Monday night, the Warriors will play more than 1,200 miles north to play the Timberwolves at Target Center. 

Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins with Warriors Pregame Live at 4 p.m. PT with a scheduled 5 p.m. tip-off.

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Adding to the strains of a cross-country back to back, the Warriors will be without DeMarcus Cousins for the second straight game, coupled uncertainty of Andrew Bogut's effectiveness after a weeklong stretch of world travel. 

With Karl-Anthony Towns on the docket and Golden State nearing the end of a four-game road trip, the Warriors will have their work cut out for them. 

Here's everything you need to know about the matchup.

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Warriors

F Kevin Durant 

F Draymond Green

C Andrew Bogut

G Klay Thompson

G Stephen Curry

Timberwolves 

F Dario Saric

F Andrew Wiggins

C Karl-Anthony Towns

G Tyus Jones

G Josh Okogie

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: Andre Iguodala (dental work) is probable. Jacob Evans (illness) and Shaun Livingston are questionable. DeMarcus Cousins (right ankle soreness) and Damian Jones (left pectoral surgery) are out.

Timberwolves: Robert Covington (Right Knee Bone Bruise) is out, Luol Deng (Left Achilles Soreness) is out, Derrick Rose (Sore Right Elbow) is out, Jeff Teague (Left Foot Inflammation) is out

ROTATION

Warriors: With Cousins out Tuesday, Bogut should get the bulk of the minutes. In his regular-season debut, the big man finished with seven points, seven rebounds and a steal in 19 minutes. 

Meanwhile, Klay Thompson and Steph Curry are looking for a bounce-back performance. In Monday's loss, the Splash Brothers made just 14-of-43 from the field. 

In a game the Warriors need an offensive boost, a good shooting performance will be more than ideal for Golden State. 

Timberwolves: Despite their record, Minnesota is 23-10 at Target Center this season. 

Karl-Anthony Towns is playing fantastic, averaging 24.6 points, 12.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists this season. 

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Entering Tuesday's game, the Timberwolves have lost three straight games, all on the road. 

Officials: Zach Zarba (#15), Tony Brown (#6), Scott Wall (#31)