What's old is new again in the Wizards backcourt. Fan favorite Shaun Livingston is back.
The Wizards announced the free agent signing on Thursday while simultaneously releasing fellow point guard Jannero Pargo.
The 6-foot-7 Livingston, the fourth overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft who played 26 games for the 2009-2010 Wizards, was released by Houston during the preseason. Now he's returning to town as Washington seeks greater consistency at point guard while John Wall remains sidelined.
"We are obviously familiar with what Shaun brings both on and off the court based on his previous time here and we’re confident that he will be a positive addition to our team," Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld said in a statement released by the team. “His size and playmaking ability will give us more flexibility in the backcourt."
Livingston is expected to back up current starter A.J. Price. Wall could return to the court by the end of the month, though his recovery schedule remains uncertain.
During those previous 26 games in Washington, Livingston made 18 starts and averaged 9.2 points, 4.5 assists and 2.2 rebounds. In seven seasons with six squads, the 27-year old holds career averages of 6.8 points, 3.5 assists and 2.6 rebounds. Last season in 58 games with Milwaukee, Livingston averaged 5.5 points, 2.1 assists and 2.1 rebounds in 18.8 minutes per contest. He spent the 2012-13 preseason with Houston, appearing in four games and averaging 2.5 points and 3.3 assists in 13.8 minutes.
In seven games this season, Pargo averaged 3.0 points and 2.0 rebounds in 14.6 minutes while flashing the poor shot selection that has made him an NBA journeyman. His final attempt with the Wizards symbolized the frustration.
Signed to a partially guaranteed contract on the eve of training camp following the news that Wall would miss several weeks with a knee injury, Pargo's run ended with a crucial late game miss in Washington's 107-101 loss at Dallas on Wednesday. After the Wizards trimmed a 22-point lead to three on the strength of Cartier Martin's 3-point shooting, Pargo chose to launch a potential tying shot inside the final two minutes rather than feed an open Martin standing three feet to his left. Pargo missed. Now he's not here. Draw your own conclusions, though as this link shows, Pargo's season has been historically not good.