Caris LeVert injury update: Nets guard won't need surgery, should return this season

Nets guard Caris LeVert got the best possible news after suffering a horrific-looking injury Monday night. 

LeVert doesn’t require surgery on his dislocated right foot and is expected to return to play this season, the team announced Tuesday. Team orthopedist Martin O’Malley determined LeVert incurred only “moderate” ligament damage in the second quarter of Monday’s game against the Timberwolves. 

“Fortunately, tests performed this morning revealed that there are no fractures and only moderate ligament damage,” O’Malley said in a release. “While the optics of this injury may have appeared to be more severe, surgery will not be required. Caris will begin a period of rehabilitation with the Nets’ performance staff, following which he is expected to return to full strength and resume all basketball activities without any limitations this season.”

The injury occurred just before halftime when LeVert attempted to block Minnesota guard Josh Okogie’s shot as he drove to the basket. LeVert landed awkwardly and his ankle appeared to turn the wrong way. The 24-year-old was taken off the court on a stretcher and sent to a local hospital for evaluation. 

Through 14 games, LeVert is averaging 18.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.2 steals in 29.7 minutes.