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Bobcats near deal with Shaun Livingston

Los Angeles Clippers Media Day

LOS ANGELES- OCTOBER 1: PLAYER NAME #XX of the Los Angeles Clippers poses for a portrait during NBA Media Day at Staples Center on October 1, 2007 in Los Angeles, CA. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2007 NBAE (Photo by Jeffrey Bottari/NBAE via Getty Images)

Jeffrey Bottari

This makes me happy -- I want to see Shaun Livingston back in basketball.

And he is about to be -- the Charlotte Bobcats are close to signing him to a deal, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer. Length and terms are still being hammered out.

Most people remember Livingston as the promising No. 4 overall pick by the Clippers. A tall (6'7") point guard who is a gifted passer and has a tremendous feel for the game. Then came the horrific knee injury. He was not supposed to be back from that. But he’s a good guy and he worked hard for years and years, just trying to get a shot.

And there he was in Washington late last season playing well. In April he averaged 16.3 points and 6.1 assists per game on 64% shooting. He deserved a shot.

And Charlotte is a good place to get one -- they just got rid of Raymond Felton. Right now Livingston and D.J. Augustin are the guys battling to be the starting point guard. He could get minutes.

Of course, he could be moved again in a trade before the season starts. But at least it sounds like he’s going to be in the NBA next season. That would make me happy.