Nets' Caris LeVert Has Surgery To Repair Torn Thumb Ligaments

Alex Greenberg
November 14, 2019 - 1:46 pm

The Nets are 4-6, but, at the moment, that’s a good enough record for the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference.

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It hasn’t exactly been a smooth first ten games of the season for the new-look Nets. Kenny Atkinson’s team has lost twice in a row, including a 26-point blowout loss to the Suns in Phoenix over the weekend.

Things could get even tougher, as Brooklyn will have to play without Caris LeVert for a while. The Nets announced on Thursday that LeVert underwent successful surgery to repair ligaments in his right thumb.

LeVert hurt the thumb during the defeat against Phoenix. He then missed the loss to the Jazz on Tuesday with what the team initially called a “sprained” thumb.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Nets expect LeVert to be out for four to six weeks while he recovers.

This ligament tear is another bit of bad luck for LeVert, who missed three months last season after suffering a scary leg injury in November. The Columbus, Ohio native has dealt with injury issues even before he was in the NBA. Leg injuries during his time at the University of Michigan contributed to his stock dropping ahead of the 2016 NBA Draft.

It hasn't been made official yet, but according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Nets are signing Iman Shumpert, likely to help out in LeVert's asbence. David Nwaba could also see increased playing time with LeVert unavailable.

Before this latest injury, LeVert had been averaging 16.8 points, 4 assists and 5 rebounds per game.