Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert is nearing a return to the lineup, with the team targeting a date prior to the All-Star break.
It’s not the Woj bomb you want, but the Woj bomb you need.
Nearly three months after suffering a freak foot injury, Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert is nearing a return. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports that LeVert is preparing a return to 5-on-5 practice, and could return to the team’s lineup before the All-Star break:
Brooklyn’s Caris LeVert (foot) will return to five on five practice soon and there’s optimism the gifted guard can return to Nets lineup prior to the All-Star Break, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 4, 2019
Wojnarowski followed up the tweet with a report that says he’ll be practicing with the Nets’ G-League affiliate sometime this week:
“LeVert, out since mid-November after dislocating his right foot, has made steady progress and is expected to practice with the Nets G League team this week in Brooklyn, league sources said.”
This is great news for the Nets, who’ve just suffered their first back-to-back losses since mid-December. Brooklyn is 28-26 on the season and sixth in the Eastern Conference.
With eyes on maintaining a playoff berth, LeVert will be a welcome reinforcement, no matter what shape he’s in. They’re currently also missing guard Spencer Dinwiddie, who’s out until March after undergoing thumb surgery.
It’s hard to imagine he’ll be the same player who left the Nets in December. LeVert averaged 18.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 3.7 assists over his 14 games played.
In the meantime, Brooklyn will look to keep an above .500 record ahead of LeVert’s return. The Nets start a three-game home stretch featuring the Bucks, Nuggets, and Bulls.
Brooklyn and Milwaukee will tip-off Monday night at 7:30 p.m. ET.