Friday , Oct , 03 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Miami Heat Take Risk on Shaun Livingston, Sign Him to Two-year Deal


Miami Heat Take Risk on Shaun Livingston, Sign Him to Two-year Deal
If you’ve ever undergone the masochistic process of buying a car, you’ll know exactly how Pat Riley felt as he searched for a point guard.  While you understand that, with your needs and limited budget, your best bet is to drop your dough on a modest, reliable vehicle, there’s always the devil on your shoulder telling you to go nuts and cop something fast and flashy.  Still, your rational side realises that it’s just not possible given your financial circumstances, and you resign yourself to the fact that you won’t be rolling in a head-turner any time soon.

By chance, though, you walk past a second-hand dealership and one whip in particular jumps out at you: a sleek, mid-engined beauty of a ride with a price so low you’d think a zero fell off the end of the tag.  When the salesman swaggers over, however, you can tell from his crinkled grin that there’s more to the story.  The car, it transpires, is available at a bargain basement price because of a major accident in its past, one that cracked the suspension and left the transmission shot.  The salesman assures you that the mechanics repaired everything as best they could, but that the car is sold as-is, no guarantees.

It’s impossible to casually dismiss something with such great potential, and you tell yourself that with a lot of work and a little luck you could end up with a major-league piece of machinery at a tee-ball price.  Still, in the back of your mind you know there’s every chance it might never make it out of the driveway.  The salesman spies another prospective buyer glancing admiringly at the car and fixes you with a look that lets you know it’s time to get out your cash or just get out.

So what do you do?

Well, if you’re Pat Riley, you buy the car.  While we’ve come to think of Riles as the greasy-haired, slick-talking salesman, in this instance he was the customer, and only time will tell whether he got a steal when he signed Shaun Livingston to a two-year deal or if he’ll be left with a lemon.  What do you think?  Is Livingston a risky investment or is it just a matter of time before he becomes a productive point once more?  Will Pat Riley and the Miami Heat live to regret this signing?  Let us know what you think in the comment box below.