Maybe as soon as the next week or two, per Woj.
Brooklyn’s Caris LeVert (foot) will return to five on five practice soon and there’s optimism the gifted guard can return to Nets lineup prior to the All-Star Break, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 4, 2019
Later, the Nets confirmed the news and said the two will participate in a 5x5 practice with the Long Island Nets Tuesday.
This is great news for Brooklyn fans, as their Nets are mired in a number of injuries from key payers - from LeVert to Allen Crabbe to Spencer Dinwiddie to Jared Dudley, etc. Getting back LeVert should provide a nice jolt to their offense and give them a tough defensive wing who can guard multiple positions. At least, that’s the optimists point of view.
The real question, however, may not be when the Nets get LeVert back, but which LeVert will they get back.
Big question re @CarisLeVert - how quickly does he return to pre-injury level. Does it take weeks or do we wait till next season? ☹️— NetsDaily.com (@NetsDaily) February 4, 2019
Still, considering that LeVert was having the best season of his young career, any version of the once considered MIP-candidate will be a welcome addition to this lineup.
We’ll keep an eye out for any additional updates, but, as they say, it’s only a matter of Ti:ME.
Don’t expect either LeVert or Crabbe to play big minutes on return, particularly LeVert who’s been out longer and who had a more serious injury.
The Nets next play Wednesday vs. the West’s top seed, Denver, then Friday vs. the Bucks. Brooklyn has two more games before the break: February 11 at Toronto and February 13 at Cleveland.
“I think that’s to be determined — if they can be ready before the All-Star break,” Kenny Atkinson said before the Bucks game. “I do think one of the strengths of our development program is we can simulate gamelike conditions. Obviously, the G League, being able to scrimmage full-out, those guys are not going to back down. It’s a great kind of live experience for them. We can repeat that. We’ll evaluate them after the practice and going forward and make a decision collectively.”
- Nets expect to hit ‘another level’ when injured stars finally return - Brian Lewis - New York Post
- Nets can’t let promising season crumble like so many others - George Willis - New York Post
- Caris LeVert could return to Nets before All-Star break, source confirms - Anthony Rieber - Newsday