Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert had surgery to repair ligaments in his right thumb and will be out indefinitely, the team announced Thursday.
One Caris LeVert rehab timeline comp: Marcus Smart had right thumb surgery to repair a torn ligament two seasons ago. Had procedure on March 16 (after last playing March 11) and returned April 24. So about six weeks.— Mike Mazzeo (@MazzNYC) November 14, 2019
LeVert is the Nets' third-leading scorer (16.8 ppg) and has started nine games this season, shooting 42.1% overall and 36.1% on 3-pointers. Last season, LeVert missed three months with a dislocated right foot, returning to the lineup just in time for Brooklyn's playoff push.
The Nets entered the season without offseason addition Kevin Durant as he heals from his ruptured Achilles tendon.
On Wednesday, the Nets signed veteran swingman Iman Shumpert to fill out their roster.
Shumpert split last season between the Sacramento Kings and Houston Rockets and was a valued part of Houston's playoff rotation. Overall, he averaged 7.5 points, 3 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game and shot 34.8% on 3-pointers. Shumpert is known for his defensive acumen and was a vital part of the Cleveland Cavaliers' NBA Finals teams from 2014-18.