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Warriors' Shaun Livingston in no hurry to make decision on retirement

Warriors' Shaun Livingston in no hurry to make decision on retirement

It's been 11 days since the Warriors' season came to an end with their Game 6 loss to the Toronto Raptors in the NBA Finals.

So what's next for Golden State guard Shaun Livingston?

"I'm letting everything breathe," Livingston said to Warriors.com before bursting into laughter. "Let it all breathe and just kind of see where the summer goes.

"But no coordinated plans."

He's not in a hurry to make a decision?

"No. Not in a hurry."

You might be asking yourself: What decision lies ahead for Livingston?

Back in early April, Livingston told Anthony Slater of The Athletic that he was contemplating retirement at the end of the season.

The third year of the contract Livingston signed back in July 2017 -- the 2019-20 season -- is worth $7.7 million. But the Warriors will owe him only $2 million if they waive him before the end of business on June 30.

If the Dubs do part ways with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft, he will be an unrestricted free agent and can sign anywhere.

Or, Livingston could choose to hang up the shoes for good.

"Going to another organization at this point? It doesn’t sound like the greatest thing to do," Livingston said to The Athletic. "It would just have to be somewhere, to me, that made sense.

"Somewhere warm, somewhere close, that maybe the family would want to be in. But that’s a conversation for the summer."

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June 30 is six days away, so it's a conversation that Livingston could be having with his family as early as next week.

Then again, it's a talk that won't take place if the Warriors decide to keep the 33-year-old on the roster as the franchise moves to Chase Center.

We will have some clarity soon.

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David West explains why he was shocked Kevin Durant left Warriors

David West explains why he was shocked Kevin Durant left Warriors

When David West talks, you listen.

It's a rule.

The former Warriors forward -- who retired from the NBA a couple months after Golden State won the title in 2018 -- was a guest Wednesday on Fox Sports 1's show "The Herd" with Colin Cowherd.

Was the two-time NBA All-Star shocked Kevin Durant left Golden State for Brooklyn in free agency?

"I was," West said. "I remember I had spoken to him maybe a couple weeks before the decision. And then obviously had talked throughout the year.

"I just felt like he was in a position to really cement himself -- get into that 'Legend with the Warriors type thing.'

"I still think he's got a great legacy with the Warriors, but I thought it was the one place he might just say, 'You know what, I'm cool here.' I thought he loved the city, he loved the people."

Durant won two championships with the Dubs, was named NBA Finals MVP twice, and did terrific work in the community. He undoubtedly has a great legacy with the franchise.

But it's understandable if certain fans don't hold him in the esteem they would have if he re-signed last summer and stayed for the long haul.

Furthermore, did KD get along with coach Steve Kerr?

"Yeah. Oh yeah," West said. "It's hard not to get along with Steve."

But keep in mind that West wasn't with the Warriors last season, when things between Kerr and KD reportedly started to go south.

You probably weren't expecting to get any of West's thoughts today, but as we mentioned before -- when he talks, you listen (and/or read about what he said).

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Warriors' Willie Cauley-Stein details how passion for art drives him

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Warriors' Willie Cauley-Stein details how passion for art drives him

“They’re not even looking at your eyes, they’re looking at the tattoos on your face.”

Warriors center Willie Cauley-Stein wants to be known for more than just his high-flying exploits on the basketball court or his array of body ink.

In a recent conversation with ESPN’s Marc J. Spears, Cauley-Stein opened up about his passion for art, and how it has stimulated his on-court play.

“The stigma on me was like ‘He cares about art way more than he cares about basketball,’” Cauley-Stein said. “But to me it was like, the art was fueling basketball.

“If I was to paint a picture right before a game, I was probably gonna go off that game.”

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The big man has been an integral part of the Warriors this season, as nagging injuries have left Cauley-Stein as the lone healthy center on Golden State’s roster.

But whenever his NBA career ends, it looks like Willie has another talent to fall back on.