DALLAS — Caris LeVert is finally expected to make his long-awaited to return to the court on Saturday against the Raptors.
The Nets guard has missed 24 consecutive games after surgery to repair ligament damage in his right thumb.
“I feel good, my body feels good, so I can’t wait to get out there and help the team,” LeVert said before the Nets’ 123-111 loss to the Mavericks on Thursday night.
LeVert hasn’t played since a Nov. 10 loss in Phoenix. But with the Nets having dropped four in a row — their longest skid since last season’s eight-game slide — LeVert would provide a huge lift.
“That’s the plan: plan to try and make a difference as soon as I come back,” LeVert said after Wednesday’s practice.
“We feel like we didn’t play our best basketball the past couple of games, despite my injury or anything like that. We’re just disappointed in the way we’ve been playing basketball.”
When LeVert got hurt, he was averaging 16.8 points, five boards and four assists. He also was the Nets leading scorer in the playoff loss to the 76ers.
Considering Kevin Durant is expected to miss the entire season, Kyrie Irving has been out seven weeks and still isn’t cleared for contact, and they just waived David Nwaba after season-ending Achilles surgery, LeVert’s expected return would be a boon.
“Caris is supposed to be our second All-Star this year, along with Kyrie. He’ll be a huge boost because he’s supposed to be our second-best player,” Spencer Dinwiddie said. “Anytime you’re down — well, not including [Kevin Durant] — but down your two best players, when you get them back it’s a big boost.”
Dzanan Musa had 14 points off the bench on 6-of-7 shooting. Wilson Chandler and Theo Pinson each added 11.
The Nets waived Nwaba and intend to fill the roster spot by adding G League wing Justin Anderson of Raptors 905 to a 10-day contract.
The move was first reported by the Athletic and confirmed by the Post.
The springy Anderson averaged 21.2 points and almost seven rebounds through 13 games with Toronto’s G League affiliate. He played collegiately at Virginia with Joe Harris.
“I knew we were going to take a hit without him. He was playing that well. He was playing great. Not good, great,” Atkinson said. “And a guy that bought in, playing to a high level, you just don’t feel great about it. Obviously with all our injuries we need the roster spot.”