Nets’ Caris LeVert will not require surgery, expected to return this season


Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose has been on the court for three of the most gruesome National Basketball Association leg injuries, the most recent being the leg injury Nets guard Caris LeVert suffered Monday night against Minnesota.

Replays of the gruesome injury were not shown in the arena. The 24-year-old guard has emerged as their go-to player, the foundation of their rebuild, and had been garnering early All-Star buzz.

LeVert came down hard on his right leg after making contact with Jeff Teague on an attempted chase-down block and the game came to an abrupt halt. LeVert was rushed to a local hospital while his teammates finished the game, many in tears and several fully expecting him to miss the rest of the season.

"While the optics of this injury may have appeared to be more severe, surgery will not be required", team orthopedist Dr. Martin O'Malley said in a statement.

He has emerged as one of the NBA's young breakout stars in his third season, blossoming into a cornerstone of the Nets' rebuild.

The Brooklyn Nets said Tuesday their leading scorer suffered only a dislocation of his right foot and no fractures, and he could return this season. Heading into Monday's game in Minnesota, LeVert was averaging 19 points, 3.7 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game. LeVert was drafted in 2016 despite several injury issues in college.

LeVert nailed a game-winning shot in the final seconds on the road against the Denver Nuggets last week, his second game-winner of the season.