Caris LeVert’s thumb injury requires further evaluation as the Brooklyn Nets are fearing another significant injury to their dynamic wing.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Nets fear LeVert may have suffered ligament damage to his thumb in an injury suffered in a blowout loss to the Phoenix Suns on Sunday. Charania also reports that LeVert is visiting specialists for further evaluation.
LeVert is sporting impressive per-game averages of 16.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists through nine starts this season. Not to mention, he’s shooting a career-high 36.1% from beyond the arc. Of course, these are small sample sizes, but LeVert was one of the early positives in an up-and-down start to the Nets’ 2019-20 campaign.
However, the Nets are all too familiar with LeVert’s injury-plagued history. The wing missed 41 games last season after suffering a particularly gruesome dislocated ankle on Nov. 12, 2018. He also missed 25 games as a rookie.
In addition to his injuries suffered in Brooklyn, LeVert’s draft stock dropped significantly after foot injuries became a concern while he played for the University of Michigan.
Obviously, LeVert’s injury woes are a major concern for Brooklyn. After all, general manager Sean Marks just inked the 25-year-old to a three-year, $52.5 million extension in August.
In the meantime, the Brooklyn Nets will try to keep their heads above water without LeVert. After starting their five-game road trip with one win in three games, the Nets have games with the Denver Nuggets and Chicago Bulls left on the docket.