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NETS FEAR CARIS LEVERT COULD LOSE ‘SEVERAL WEEKS’ TO THUMB INJURY; SIGN IMAN SHUMPERT

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In a back-to-back-to-back tweets Wednesday, Shams Charania and Adrian Wojnarowski painted a bleak picture of Caris LeVert’s right thumb injury. The Nets fear LeVert sustained ligament damage and could miss “several weeks,” reported Shams, and the team has signed Iman Shumpert to their open replacement player slot, reported Woj.

First came Shams on LeVert...

Later, Shams added to his story...

LeVert missed Tuesday’s game vs. the Jazz. He signed a three-year $52.5 million contract extension this summer. The 25-year-old has missed 79 games to injury since being drafted by the Nets in 2016.

In between the Shams tweets, Woj reported on Shumpert...

The Nets made it official with a press release just before 5 p.m.

Shumpert, a 6’5” defensive specialist, hasn’t played since last April. He went unsigned until Wednesday. He has worked out with noted NBA trainer Chris Brickley while waiting for a call. He and Irving played three years together with the Cavs.

The Nets have had an open roster spot since last week. With Wilson Chandler suspended until December 15 because of PED use, Brooklyn had the right to add a player. Once Chandler is eligible to return, the Nets must either waive Shumpert or Chandler or make another move to get them back to 15 full roster spots and two two-ways.

Shumpert, an eight-year veteran, is 29 years old and is known as a defensive specialist and solid locker room presence as Scott Davis of Business Insider tweeted...

The Georgia Tech product played for three years with Irving in Cleveland and three years with the Knicks. For his career, he’s averaging 7.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists.

Shumpert used Instagram to thank the Nets...

In another development, Irving is listed as “questionable.”