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Nets’ Caris LeVert undergoes surgery on right thumb, out 4-6 weeks

Caris LeVert, Nets

UPDATE: Woj reports the recovery timetable as 4-6 weeks.

Brooklyn Nets swingman Caris LeVert will miss several weeks after undergoing surgery to repair ligament damage in his right thumb:

LeVert’s injury occurred in Sunday night’s game against the Phoenix Suns. He underwent an X-ray examination, then later had an MRI. With this latest report, it seems he will be out of commission until sometime in December at the earliest.

The Nets have confirmed the surgery but did not release a timetable:

News of LeVert’s injury is a tough blow for the Nets, who are currently holding a disappointing 4-6 overall record. The former 20th overall pick has made nine appearances this season, racking up averages of 16.8 points on 42.1 percent shooting from the field (36.1 percent from beyond the arc), 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 31.6 minutes per outing.

With LeVert ruled out, Garrett Temple and Spencer Dinwiddie will likely see upticks in their usage rates.

In light of LeVert’s injury, the Nets decided to sign free agent guard Iman Shumpert on Wednesday. Shumpert, now 29 years of age, split last season with the Sacramento Kings and Houston Rockets.

The Nets will be back in action on Thursday night, when they’ll face off against the Denver Nuggets. Tip-off inside the Pepsi Center is set for 10:30 p.m., with ESPN having live broadcast coverage.