Nets’ Caris LeVert happy with contract extension, says it ‘means a lot’
Caris LeVert recently agreed to a three-year, $52 million extension to remain with the Brooklyn Nets, who are expected to compete for titles in the foreseeable future. The 25-year-old forward said that re-signing with the team meant a lot to him.
"It means a lot. When I got drafted, this was the vision. We try and maximize our potential…we've been working and can't wait to get started."@CarisLeVert is locked in and ready to go 🎥 pic.twitter.com/EOQG2CQeQK
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) August 26, 2019
LeVert is part of the Nets’ intriguing young core that also has Spencer Dinwiddie, Jarrett Allen, and D’Angelo Russell (before he was traded to the Golden State Warriors last month). Brooklyn was able to assemble a competitive roster behind these guys, and the addition of All-Stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving should make them better.
With KD expected to miss the entire 2019-20 season, LeVert is expected to start at small forward for the Nets this upcoming season. With an elite point guard like Irving playing alongside him, it is possible that Caris’ averages of 13.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 3.9 assists will improve. The main concern about him right now is his health.
Last season, Caris LeVert only played 40 games for the Nets due to various injuries. However, if he stays healthy, he will definitely play a major role in Brooklyn’s quest for a playoff spot, and hopefully, they can make a deep run in the postseason.
A lot of people see a potential All-Star in LeVert and maybe Durant’s absence can help him meet those expectations. But as of right now, he’s just focused on getting better.
With the Nets locking up Caris LeVert until 2023, they can now focus on negotiating the new deals of Allen and Joe Harris. The contract extensions of both guys are expected to be given before next year’s free agency.