That’s right. The Portland Trail Blazers are considering signing former Clippers PG and No. 4 Draft Pick Shaun Livingston after holding a private workout. Livingston suffered a catastrophic knee injury just over 18 months ago. I’m posting the link, but watch it at your own discretion, it’s tough to watch.
Livingston has reportedly already worked out for Minnesota and has plans to visit Miami as well. Yahoo! cites two league executives naming Portland the front runners to sign the point guard.
I almost feel a little dumb for being surprised because this is a fairly obvious Kevin Pritchard move. If healthy, Livingston is a very good, possibly great young asset, and as we all know, the Blazers are still in stockpile mode. The Yahoo! story mentions that its probable that Livingston would not be able to contribute at all this season, and would not be counted on as such.
If signed, Livingston would fill the final roster spot, counting out the likes of Luke Jackson and everyone’s favorite mountain man Steven Hill. Even though KP’s M.O. seems to be acquire talent regardless of position (just count our PF’s), after the non-signing of Petteri Koponen you’ve got to think the Blazers aren’t entire happy with the long-term prospects of Steve Blake, Jerryd Bayless and Sergio Rodriguez (despite Blake being in the best shape of his life). Or, Pritchard is just making the intelligent move (the same thing Danny Ainge is doing with Darius Miles) and taking a look at what once was a prized talent. Either way, don’t read into this too much, as it’s impossible for the team to have gauged Bayless by now — think of it as a high-upside, low-risk contingency plan for down the road, if it even happens at all.
If the Blazers staff thinks he can be fully healthy in a year or so, I see very little reason not to do this. You aren’t going to come across this much talent in the free agent pool very often, and certainly not at a discount price.