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CARIS LEVERT UNDERGOES THUMB SURGERY; REPORTS HAVE HIM OUT AT LEAST A MONTH

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NBA: Brooklyn Nets at Phoenix Suns Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

The Nets announced Thursday afternoon that Caris LeVert underwent surgery on his right thumb at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York earlier in the day. The team did not provide details on his return. Shams Charania reported Wednesday that the Nets anticipated the Nets shooting guard would be out “several weeks.”

Specifically, the Nets release stated...

The procedure was performed by Dr. Michelle Carlson at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Updates regarding LeVert’s status will be provided as appropriate.

In nine games (all starts) this season, LeVert has averaged 16.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 31.6 minutes per contest.

Subsequently, Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted information on the length of LeVert’s recovery and rehab...

LeVert injured his thumb Sunday in Phoenix. He returned to New York for tests —and ultimately the surgery— two days ago. Prior to this injury, LeVert had missed 79 games while a Net, including three months —and 42 games— last season with a dislocated ankle. He signed a three-year, $52.5 million contract extension with the Nets on August 25.

In anticipation of the news, the Nets signed combo guard Iman Shumpert on Wednesday. The 6’5” guard is a replacement for Wilson Chandler who is serving a 25-game suspension following a positive test for a performance enhancing drug.

Last season, Spencer Dinwiddie also underwent thumb surgery and missed five weeks of action.

The Nets already have Kevin Durant rehabbing from his ruptured Achilles tendon, suffered why he was with the Warriors in the NBA Finals last June. Both Sean Marks and Durant have said they do not expect the two-time NBA champion to return this season.