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Will Shaun Livingston return to Warriors next season? 'It's a business'

Will Shaun Livingston return to Warriors next season? 'It's a business'

After the Warriors won the title on Monday night, Shaun Livingston joined Greg Papa, Garry St. Jean and Kelenna Azubuike on set.

Papa asked Livingston the following questions:

Papa: "You got a tough call to make this offseason. You're an unrestricted free agent. Have you give that any thought? How the hell could you ever leave basketball nirvana? How could you leave here? Does it ever get any better than this?

Livingston paused, smiled and put a cigar in his mouth. He then pointed at his cigar while continuing to smile.

"This is it right here. This is what it's about," Livingston started. "Greatest fans. Greatest organization right now. We're in our peak years.

"Obviously, we'd all like to stay. It is a business. But we're gonna enjoy this right here. We're gonna enjoy this championship."

Summation: Livingston was rather non-commital -- understandably so.

Livingston, who will turn 32 years old in September, just completed the 3-year, $16.6 million deal he signed in the summer of 2014.

It's quite possible that he could make over $10 million a year on the open market, and it's unclear if the Warriors would be willing to pay him that kind of annual salary.

Over 14 playoff games this year, Livingston averaged 5.2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists over 15.7 minutes per contest, while shooting just under 58 percent from the field.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

NBA Power Rankings 2019: Warriors back on top, Kings keep sliding

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NBA Power Rankings 2019: Warriors back on top, Kings keep sliding

Three weeks, people. That’s all that remains of this regular season. The real battles in the Western Conference are for seeding, while in the Eastern Conference, several rats are pushing and shoving for the right to be devoured in the first round.

And way down below are dozens of players planning vacations and nine or 10 franchises tryin’ for Zion in the May 14 draft lottery.

Here are the Power Rankings through games of March 21:

VIEW NBA POWER RANKINGS HERE

How Warriors will use center rotation; March Madness tournament picks

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How Warriors will use center rotation; March Madness tournament picks

Editor’s note: Kerith Burke, NBC Sports Bay Area’s Warriors reporter, will take you inside the two-time defending NBA champions as only she can each Friday with the Ask Kerith Mailbag. Send her a question on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #askkerith

Tip-Off

This weekend, with 11 games left in the regular season, the Warriors will have a chance to pick up their 50th win. This season, they’re heading into the postseason healthy (yes, I knocked on wood when I typed this). 

Last season, they ended things by losing 10 out of 17 games before the playoffs. But Shaun Livingston explained, “Last year was trying to put the pieces together without all the pieces. This year I feel like we have more control over our destiny. We have a legitimate shot at the one-seed, playing the right way. I feel good about it.”

Game on!

@BenNugentt When Boogie gets back in a few days, do you think Andrew Bogut will play Kevon Looney’s minutes or what’s going to happen there?

@amar_srinivas1 What's andrew bogut's rotation/minutes going to look like when demarcus is back? #askKerith

@GSDOUBLEU Do you foresee Bogut getting starts over Cousins depending on the matchup of the particular game?

Lots of Boogie-Bogut-Looney questions coming in this week. Understandable considering Bogut is a new (old!) piece that shakes things up.

To recap, DeMarcus Cousins missed two games on the road with a sore right ankle/foot. There are no long-term concerns. 

Bogut started the games Cousins missed and played 19 minutes and 13 minutes, respectively. Bogut’s minutes will depend on matchups. Cousins is the starter. Looney is the next big to rotate in. Bogut is the insurance policy. His minutes will fluctuate. Some nights, Bogut won’t play at all. 

Depending on matchups in the rest of the regular season, Bogut or Looney could start for Cousins on rest nights, such as the second games of back-to-backs. In the playoffs, I think it would take a special situation for one of them to start in place of Cousins. The Warriors would need a major shake-up in that event, but don’t rule it out. 

Via IG: @jenniferespinolaa Why doesn’t Jerebko get more playing time? #askKerith

Jennifer asked this before Jerebko had 18 points in 18 minutes against Minnesota. But this question has come up frequently, as fans are noticing his playing time is down, including several DNPs. 

I actually asked Steve Kerr about Jerebko before the Minnesota game, because Bogut’s presence adds a new wrinkle.

Here’s what Kerr said:

“It’s been tough for Jonas. He played a very important role for us the first half of the season and then when DeMarcus came back, the ripple effect hurt Jonas the most because DeMarcus is going to give us 30 minutes a night at the five which means the minutes that we have at the four are more limited. Jonas has been the odd man out, but he’s a pro. He stays ready, gets his work in and he’s been through this before. We’ve talked, and he’s frustrated, but he understands. He’s just got to stay ready. In this league, you just never know.”

@ACook05 Do the Warriors have any plans to make roster additions prior to the playoffs?

Bogut is player No. 15 on the roster, the final spot. It’s possible the Warriors could sign Damion Lee for the playoffs. To find a spot for Lee, the Warriors would have to waive Alfonzo McKinnie, Quinn Cook, or Jerebko. They have until the end of the regular season to decide. 

@CthulhusProdigy How do they continue to stay hungry in year 5 of this dynasty???

That’s the big question. Making the Finals for a fifth consecutive season would deepen the dynasty. And accomplishing a three-peat would be a rare mark in NBA history, alongside only the Lakers, Celtics and Bulls. 

Every team is hungry for a championship. There’s built-in motivation, but the Warriors have the talent to do it. This roster, this moment in time, is only here for so long. There’s an urgency to seize the moment. A three-peat has been the singular goal all season. It’s their rock and nothing else matters. 

@dubsandstuff Do players watch a lot of other games or are they basketball-ed out during the season?

Steve Kerr says he watches League Pass frequently. At team dinners, games around the league are on TV, but how invested guys are in watching the games varies. 

NBA players know plenty of guys on other teams. They want to see how their friends are doing. They also keep an eye on the competition. If you’re in the league, you’re obviously a fan of the game. It can be hard to turn games off when you’ve devoted so much of your time to it.

Other guys say they want a separation between what they’re doing and what other teams are doing. They want tunnel vision on their team only. So the answer to your question depends on who you ask and what mood they’re in. 

@CrushonIvy Are you into March madness? Who is your pick to win it all and why? #askKerith

I used to be into the NCAA men’s and women’s tournaments much more when I was covering college basketball. March Madness is a fun time of year but I’m barely aware of who is good this year beyond Duke and Carolina on the men’s side.

In my bracket, I’m playing it safe. Few upsets. On the strength of Zion Williamson alone, I’m picking Duke to win. That should make Quinn Cook happy. 

Speaking of Cook, check out the latest Road Trippin' podcast where I talk with him and former Duke teammate Austin Rivers about Coach K, the Steph Curry effect, and the best road cities in the NBA.

@eastbaykillas #AskKerith who selects what jerseys teams wear? Is there a jersey schedule available? Just curious as Dubs haven’t worn white at home since November. Thanks! 

Here’s the uniform schedule for the league.

The home team decides what uniform they want to wear, in part with the team’s marketing department. 

@LookItAmy Who holds the title as best golfer on the Warriors? #askKerith

This question made me smile, and I consulted a Warriors staff member who is in the know. 

He ordered team golfers like so: Steph Curry, Jonnie West, Steve Kerr, Andre Iguodala, Willie Green, Klay Thompson, and Jarron Collins. 

Steph is really good….like if he devoted himself to golf instead of basketball, he could probably get his tour card. And Jonnie is good too. I was at an event where he caddied for Steph. He trusts Jonnie’s advice.

This reminds me .... Congratulations to Jonnie for his engagement to LPGA Tour champion Michelle Wie! 

High Five

This week’s high five goes to Kevin “Pizza Delivery Man” Durant. How cool was it for him to talk to a dad in an elevator, and then go up to the dad’s room with pizza for his sons? That’s the ultimate surprise from a player who goes out of his way to do nice things for kids.