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Caris LeVert ‘progressing nicely’ but Brooklyn Nets return unclear

ORLANDO, Fla. — Injured Nets guard Caris LeVert had another encouraging workout before Friday’s game in Orlando. But with the NBA All-Star break exactly a month away, coach Kenny Atkinson was noncommittal on whether LeVert might return before then.

“I’m not going to speculate,” Atkinson said. “I don’t want to give you something and be wrong. That’s the last thing I want to do. No specific update.

“[He’s] progressing. I know he had another great workout [Friday]. That’s as far as my medical background goes, but progressing nicely.”

LeVert suffered a subtalar dislocation of his right foot Nov. 12. Experts told The Post he conceivably could return in two to three months, the tail end of which would coincide with the All-Star break.

The 24-year-old guard shot around before Wednesday’s win in Houston and did so again before Friday’s comeback victory over Orlando. He’s essentially done individual work with assistant coaches and every basketball activity except live five-on-five action.

“Yeah, I think that’s fair to say,” Atkinson said. “He just hasn’t had live contact. … Yeah, but he hasn’t done any scrimmage situations or five-on-five.”


The Nets’ 21-point come-from-behind victory marked their biggest rally in the Brooklyn era. The last time they came back from that far down was Dec. 26, 2011, at Washington.

The win left the Nets 16-5 since Dec. 7, tied with the Bucks for the best record in the league over that span. They have climbed up from 11th in the Eastern Conference at the time to a game ahead of Miami for sixth.


D’Angelo Russell had a career-high-tying 40 points and seven assists. He’s the first player in Nets history with 40 points, eight or more 3s and seven or more assists. The only players in NBA history who have done that (with one or fewer turnovers) are Steph Curry (twice), Damian Lillard, Manu Ginobili and now Russell.


Kenneth Faried reached a buyout agreement with the Nets. ESPN reported the forward will sign with the Rockets once he clears waivers.


In addition to LeVert, Allen Crabbe (knee), Jared Dudley (hamstring) and first-round pick Dzanan Musa (shoulder) were all still out vs. the Magic.

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