The Brooklyn Nets have signed guard/forward Caris LeVert and combo guard Randy Foye, bringing to 14 the number of players the Nets have given guaranteed deals. The signings, on Thursday and Friday, leave only Joe Harris, unsigned. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not released, but according to reports, LeVert signed a four-year rookie contract valued at $7.7 million and Foye a one-year veterans contract valued at around $2.5 million.
Both are expected to see time at the point and shooting guard.
Selected with the 20th pick in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft, LeVert’s rights were acquired on Draft Night along with a protected second round pick in 2017 in return for Thaddeus Young. The 21-year-old is recovering from foot surgery but has been cleared to practice, Sean Marks said last week.
"We do our due diligence on every guy, and I think that’s part of the draft process, you’re getting all the medical information, you’re talking with everybody, and you’re talking with the people at Michigan," Kenny Atkinson said recently. "We got all the information and we were all like, ‘Yes, let’s do this judging the risk or lack thereof we felt like it was a good decision.’"
LeVert (6’7", 205) played four seasons at Michigan and helped the team to three NCAA Tournament appearances, including trips to the National Championship game in 2013 and the Elite Eight in 2014. In 103 career games (70 starts) for the Wolverines, LeVert averaged 10.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 26.4 minutes per game.
As a senior, the Pickerington, Ohio, native posted averages of 16.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 30.9 minutes per game while shooting .506 from the field and .446 from 3-point range in 15 games (14 starts) during an injury-shortened season.
He earned 2014 All-Big Ten second-team and 2014 NCAA Midwest Regional All-Tournament team honors following his sophomore season, when he averaged 12.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 34.0 minutes per game in 37 games.
"We are pleased to welcome Randy to Brooklyn," said Marks. "He is a veteran guard who will provide us with additional scoring and depth in our backcourt."
Foye, 32, is a native of Newark, where he is still active with his personal foundation.
Last season, Foye averaged 5.9 points, 1.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 20.3 minutes per game. He also appeared in 16 games in the Thunder’s run to the Western Conference Finals. The 32-year-old has seen action in 683 career games (393 starts) in 10 seasons with Minnesota (2006-09), Washington (2009-10), Los Angeles Clippers (2010-12), Utah (2012-13), Denver (2013-16) and Oklahoma City (2016), owning averages of 10.8 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 26.3 minutes per game. He’s also seen action in 27 postseason games.
Foye finished in the top 10 in the league in three-pointers made in three consecutive seasons (2011-14) and is a career .369 shooter from three-point range.
“I’m thrilled to join the Nets,’’ Foye stated in an email to Marc Berman of the Post. “Growing up in New Jersey, I’ve always been a Nets fan. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to play for Coach Atkinson. Kenny makes a real good impression. During the process, I met with several teams and was very impressed by the direction of [GM] Sean Marks. I’m excited for the opportunity.’’