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Nets sign veteran guard Iman Shumpert

Brooklyn also reportedly concerned Caris LeVert may have a ligament damage in thumb

The Brooklyn Nets have signed veteran guard Iman Shumpert to a contract.

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.

While Shumpert is joining the mix, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports that Nets officials are fearing that guard Caris LeVert has suffered ligament damage to his right thumb. He is slated to see specialists soon for further evaluation of the injury.

He sat out Tuesday’s 119-114 road loss to the Utah Jazz with a sprained right thumb.

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.