May 6, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Marcus Thornton (left) talks with guard Shaun Livingston (center) as Miami Heat guard Norris Cole (right) looks away during the first half in game one of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Brooklyn Nets will have trouble keeping Shaun Livingston

Shaun Livingston’s story got a lot of national play, but it probably deserved it.

After suffering a devastating knee injury early in his career, Livingston finally found a home in Brookyn. Livingston carved out a role and became one of the Nets’ most reliable players.

According to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, it is going to be difficult for the Nets to hang on to Livingston.

The Nets want to hang onto their reborn guard but aren’t projected to have more to offer in free agency than the taxpayer mid-level exception. Sources close to the situation say Livingston, bound for free agency again at 28, is a virtual lock to attract offers in free agency that can trump the hamstrung Nets’ best pitch financially.

Sounds like he’ll have to want to stay, with a willingness to sacrifice some cash, for the Nets to hang onto their Cinderella story.

Livingston averaged 8.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists this season. Perhaps most importantly, he played in 76 of 82 regular season games and all 12 playoff games.

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