The Brooklyn Nets had a massive offseason and are looking like legitimate contenders in the Eastern Conference for the first time in a long time. After showing signs of major progression last season, the Nets were able to land two superstars in free agency. As most will know, those superstars were Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant.
Even though those two superstars are the headliners for the Nets, they have a solid supporting cast for them as well. One of those key pieces is 24-year-old shooting guard Caris LeVert.
According to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Nets have agreed to a three-year extension with LeVert worth $52.5 million.
Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert has agreed to a three-year, $52.5 million contract extension, league sources tell ESPN. LeVert turns 25 today.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 26, 2019
Last season with the Nets in 40 games, LeVert put together a solid season. He averaged 13.7 points per game to go along with 3.9 assists and 3.8 rebounds. In addition to those numbers, LeVert shot 42.9 percent from the field overall and knocked down 31.2 percent of his three-point attempts.
Brooklyn wanted to get a new deal locked up with him as soon as possible. He will be a key contributor to help take pressure off of Irving and Durant.
LeVert suffered a gruesome ankle injury last season, but was able to return late in the year and help the team in the playoffs. While they didn't get past the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round, they made it clear that they are going to be a team to be reckoned with.
Durant will miss the entire 2019-20 season unless something drastically changes. Without him in the lineup, LeVert is going to have a key role alongside of Irving.
This move was a quality decision by the Nets and LeVert definitely deserved the long-term comfort of having a new extension.