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...
Sources tell NBA Insider @ShamsCharania that Nets guard Caris LeVert will miss several weeks with feared ligament damage in thumb.— Stadium (@Stadium) November 13, 2019
More on LeVert and how Nets will fill absence: pic.twitter.com/zbw6rWalFX
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...
Free agent guard Iman Shumpert is signing with the Brooklyn Nets, league sources tell ESPN. Nets have a 16th roster spot until Wilson Chandler suspension ends in mid-December— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 13, 2019
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...
Last year, former Kings player development coach Larry Lewis raved to me about Iman Shumpert's influence on the team pic.twitter.com/ogiZswh6L2— Scott Davis (@WScottDavis) November 13, 2019
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...
.@ImanShumpert has taken to IG to thank the @BrooklynNets for the opportunity. He’s hungry and ready to prove himself worthy of sticking around for the long haul in BK.@KDTrey5 chimes in “Yessir”@CarmeloAnthony: “Congrats KING!!!” pic.twitter.com/Bjdv2Ryve5— Billy Reinhardt (@BillyReinhardt) November 14, 2019
In another development, Irving is listed as “questionable.”
- Nets sign Iman Shumpert amid growing Caris LeVert concern - Brian Lewis - New York Post
- Ex-Knick Iman Shumpert is headed to the Nets: report - Sarah Valenzuela - New York Daily News
- Kyrie Irving questionable for Thursday with shoulder injury - Greg Logan - Newsday
- Iman Shumpert signs with the Nets as Caris LeVert has thumb examined - Greg Logan - Newsday
- Nets sign free agent guard Iman Shumpert - Garrett Stepien - SNY
- Nets sign veteran guard Iman Shumpert - AP
- What Iman Shumpert’s signing and Caris LeVert’s injury mean for the Nets - Alex Schiffer - The Athletic New York
- BROOKLYN NETS SIGN IMAN SHUMPERT - Brooklyn Nets