Caris LeVert will be staying with the Nets for the foreseeable future.
Brooklyn and the wing agreed to a three-year, $52.5 million extension that will begin with the 2020-21 season, according to a report from ESPN, which cites unidentified league sources. LeVert received the new deal on his 25th birthday, ESPN’s report notes.
LeVert is eligible for his rookie extension as a member of the NBA’s draft class of 2016. His new deal will begin with the 2020-’21 season. https://t.co/JN3m1lkbLK
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 26, 2019
LeVert suffered a scary leg injury in mid-November and was diagnosed with a dislocated foot. He missed about three months before returning in early February.
LeVert, the No. 20 pick in the 2016 draft out of Michigan, finished the season averaging 13.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 40 games.
The Nets, meanwhile, completely rebuilt their roster this summer and, potentially, put themselves in position to be in title contention for the next few seasons. They landed a pair of stars, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, in free agency and also signed veteran center DeAndre Jordan.
“I feel everyone has a chip on their shoulders from 1 to 15 before those guys, and I know those guys do, too,” LeVert said, via the New York Post. “I feel everyone at this level, that’s kind of what you have to have to be one of the top players. That’s our identity. … I know we won’t lose that.”
LeVert said he was looking forward to eventually sharing the court with Irving and Durant, who is expected to miss most, if not all, of 2019-20 after rupturing his Achilles in the NBA Finals.
“Honestly I was a little surprised,” LeVert said. “I’m definitely very excited because those are two guys I like to play against and watch a lot of film on. Obviously, I can’t wait to play alongside those guys.”
The Nets finished last season with a 42-40 record and made the playoffs for the first time since 2014-15, where they were eliminated by the 76ers in five games.