The Brooklyn Nets gave Caris LeVert quite the birthday present on August 25th when they extended his contract. The Nets, with their free agent signing of Kyrie Irving, now possess a plethora of options in their backcourt.
Although Levert’s extension will not kick in until the 2020-21 season, his potential has been rewarded, and will solidify add to an already-talented backcourt. With this extension, Brooklyn has essentially offset the loss of recently traded and extended D’Angelo Russell. Last December, the Nets also extended guard Spencer Dinwiddie to a three-year, $34.4M extension.
With Kyrie Irving at the helm, the Nets are now in position to rotate guards to ensure the ability to stay fresh throughout the regular season. LeVert has had his share of his own injury issues, but was able to show out during last season’s playoff run.
Head coach Kenny Atkinson will have an abundance of talent to work with this upcoming season. The Nets will figure out their rotations, but they will not have to answer questions about their commitment to Caris LeVert and Spencer Dinwiddie.
Bringing in Kyrie Irving could be a revisit to his time with the Boston Celtics, but unlike in Boston, the Nets’ young talent is already paid. Not only are they stockpiling guards, but they are making sure the money backs up their appreciation. It is only September, when all seems well with training programs and bonding trips. The true test will begin if the Nets are not off to a positive start.
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