Kevin Durant confident Caris LeVert can be third star for Nets

The Brooklyn Nets will be a much different looking team the next time they take the court. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving will both be in the lineup, but will the team decide to keep Caris LeVert? Or will they look to trade LeVert for a star player?

The answer to those questions may have been answered by Durant. He expressed real confidence in the potential LeVert has to make a real impact with his versatility. Whether it’s as a scorer or facilitator, Durant likes what he’s seen in LeVert.

During an appearance on a recent episode of the Old Man & The Three podcast, Durant made it clear he believes LeVert can be the third star the Nets need alongside him and Irving.

“I think Caris is that perfect guy for us to, any given night he can lead us in scoring or lead us in assists or he can control the offense or we can go to him in the post in a matchup,” Durant said last week on the Old Man & The Three podcast. “I feel like he has the tools to do everything on the basketball court. On our team, we play unselfishly, and we’ve got guys that can play off the basketball so on any given night anybody can be the star.”

With both Durant and Irving sidelined for this NBA season, LeVert was able to operate in a larger role and showed genuinely intriguing results. He made real strides in his ability to create shots for teammates while displaying a dynamic ability to score the basketball.

It will be fascinating what the Brooklyn Nets ultimately decide to do with their roster ahead of next NBA season. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving will look take over the Eastern Conference and it seems they want Caris LeVert in the mix to help them get it done.

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