Golden State Warriors point guard Shaun Livingston is expected to make his season debut Saturday against the Los Angeles Lakers. Livingston had surgery on his toe in August.
Livingston has been recovering from August surgery on his right big toe, which was expected to keep him out six to eight weeks.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr said last week it was "highly doubtful" Livingston would be ready for Wednesday's season opener against the Sacramento Kings. Livingston participated in some parts of practice Monday, and Kerr told the Oakland Tribune he was hopeful Livingston would begin scrimmaging within the next "week or two."
Livingston, 29, signed a three-year, $16 million contract with the Warriors in July. He spent last season with the Brooklyn Nets, averaging 8.3 points and 3.2 assists and starting 54 games.
The former No. 4 pick recovered from a debilitating knee injury while playing for the Los Angeles Clippers to become a valuable contributor. He's also played for the Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, Washington Wizards, Charlotte Bobcats, Milwaukee Bucks and Cleveland Cavaliers.
Livingston is expected to serve as the primary backup to starting point guard Stephen Curry while also contributing elsewhere on the court.
The Warriors went 51-31 last season and were eliminated by the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of the playoffs.
- Ben Estes