The four-team James Harden trade may have been a blessing in disguise for newly acquired Pacers player Caris LeVert. The Pacers revealed that during his physical for the trade, a small mass was discovered on LeVert’s left kidney and he will be out indefinitely while he takes care of that.
Caris LeVert will be out indefinitely after an MRI revealed a small mass on his left kidney during a physical prior to finalizing the four-team trade. LeVert will undergo further medical tests and more details will follow as needed.https://t.co/3HSGQLXTvD
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) January 16, 2021
Even though he hasn’t yet played for the Pacers, the team is supporting LeVert through this. In a statement, both LeVert and Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard were supportive of each other and is hopeful LeVert can get to play for Indiana as soon as possible.
“On behalf of my family and myself, we want to thank the Indiana Pacers for their support and guidance. We are grateful for their extreme thoroughness during the physical process and I am looking forward to joining the team and being part of this great organization as soon as possible.”
“We acquired Caris because of who he is as a young man first and foremost. His basketball skill and on court play speaks for itself and we know he has a great career ahead of him. We will support Caris through this time and know that he will join us on the court as soon as he is able.”
The former Net was was originally sent to the Rockets as a result of the Harden trade but was subsequently sent to the Pacers. In fine seasons with the Nets, LeVert has a career 13.1 PPG while shooting 34 percent for three. One could see this as bad for the Pacers but that would be misguided. The important thing is to wish LeVert good health and to get back as soon as possible. And that’s how the Pacers are taking things.