Indiana Pacers guard Caris LeVert will be out indefinitely after his trade physical turned up a significant health issue.
The Pacers announced Saturday that LeVert’s MRI turned up a small mass on his left kidney. The guard will undergo further testing, and there is no timetable for his return.
In a statement, LeVert thanked the Pacers for their “support and guidance” and added that he looked forward to being able to debut for the franchise.
LeVert was part of the four-team trade that sent James Harden to Brooklyn. It may be that this issue would not have been promptly discovered if LeVert had not undergone the medical exam that goes along with the trade. Shams Charania of The Athletic had reported earlier Saturday that the Pacers required an extra second-round pick and cash due to the issue turning up in LeVert’s physical.
LeVert, who has been plagued by other injuries during his NBA career, signed a three-year contract extension with the Brooklyn Nets in 2019.
The Houston Rockets got a massive haul in their trade of James Harden, and they are acquiring a star from Indiana as well.
The Rockets received guard Caris LeVert as part of the Harden deal with the Brooklyn Nets. The Rockets then moved LeVert to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for All-Star guard Victor Oladipo and a second-round pick.
The Nets received the prized piece in the trade — Harden, while Indiana is moving Oladipo.
Oladipo has reportedly wanted to leave the Pacers for months. He has dealt with significant injuries that fractured his relationship with the Pacers in recent years.
The 28-year-old guard has averaged 20.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.7 steals per game this season. He made two All-Star teams during his time with Indiana, but he is set to be a free agent after the season.
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Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert suffered a thumb injury on Sunday that forced him to sit out Tuesday night’s game against the Utah Jazz, and he is now going to miss an extended period of time.
LeVert underwent tests this week that revealed he has ligament damage in his right thumb, and Shams Charania of The Athletic reports that he will be sidelined for several weeks.
The Nets are signing veteran guard Iman Shumpert now that LeVert is expected to be out for several games.
LeVert is averaging 16.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists this season, so his absence will be tough for the Nets to overcome. Brooklyn considers him an important part of their core and signed him to an extension during the offseason that reflects that.
LeVert fell to the 20th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft because of foot issues, and he has battled his fair share of injuries since joining the Nets.
The Brooklyn Nets are keeping another member of their core together for the next few years.
Caris LeVert has agreed to a three-year, $52.5 million contract extension with the Nets, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Sunday night. LeVert is set to earn $2.6 million in the upcoming season, so the contract extension does not start until the following year. That means LeVert would be under contract with the Nets through the 2022-2023 season.
The extension means the Nets now have Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, DeAndre Jordan, Spencer Dinwiddie and LeVert all under contract for at least the next three seasons.
LeVert, 25, averaged 13.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game last season. The former No. 20 overall pick averaged 21 points per game during the team’s playoff series against the Sixers. He was limited to 40 regular season games last year due to an ankle injury that turned out to be not as bad as initially expected.
The playoff races are well underway in the NBA, and things are very competitive in both conferences. It looks likely that only a handful of games will separate fifth from eighth in certain cases, and the margins between making and missing the playoffs will be small.
Most contenders have key figures who will have a big say in where their teams land. These aren’t always the obvious stars, but a key name who’s returning from injury or picking up the slack at the right time. Here are 10 key players who will have a big say in the playoff races.
10. Buddy Hield, G, Kings
Hield has had a breakout year this season, but he hasn’t always been in the good graces of coach Dave Joerger, much to the frustration of some other players. The Kings are very much in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race, and they’ll need Hield to play fearlessly — and have the trust of his coach — down the stretch. If he can play to his capabilities — like when he made 53.4 percent of his threes in January — the Kings will have a huge weapon as they chase a playoff spot.
The Brooklyn Nets are set to get guard Caris LeVert back sooner rather than later.
LeVert, who dislocated his foot in November, is progressing toward five-on-five practices, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. He has a chance to return to game action before the All-Star break.
This is great news for both LeVert and the Nets, especially when you consider just how bad his injury looked at the time. In his 14 games, LeVert had been averaging a career-best 18.4 points per game, and his return will be a boost to a Nets team that finds itself firmly in the playoff hunt.
Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert suffered what looked like an incredibly gruesome leg injury during Monday night’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, but he received some great news after undergoing tests.
There was speculation that LeVert may have suffered a fracture like the one Gordon Hayward sustained at the start of last season, but the 24-year-old has been diagnosed with a dislocated right foot. He has some ligament damage, but the outcome could not have been much better given how bad the injury looked. What’s even more encouraging is that LeVert is expected to play again this season.
You could tell by the outpouring of support LeVert received from the NBA community that the injury news was expected to be far worse. The fact that he was able to avoid any fractures or broken bones was very fortunate.
LeVert is having a breakout season for Brooklyn, as he entered Monday’s game averaging 19 points per game on 47.7 percent shooting. It’s unclear exactly how much time he will miss.
Caris LeVert received an outpouring of support from across the NBA following the gruesome injury he suffered on Monday.
Just before halftime of the game between the Brooklyn Nets and Minnesota Timberwolves, LeVert landed awkwardly on his right leg. The looks on the faces of his teammates gave the appearance they knew LeVert suffered a serious injury.
It didn’t take long for players from across the NBA to offer their well wishes, prayers, and support via social media.
Caris LeVert had to be taken off the court in a stretcher on Monday night after suffering a gruesome leg injury.
The Brooklyn Nets guard landed awkwardly on his right leg and was in clear pain immediately. You can see the video at this link, but beware it’s nasty.
The injury occurred right before halftime of Brooklyn’s game at Minnesota. LeVert was taken away on a stretcher and had a towel covering his face.
The look on the faces of the other players on the court said it all:
LeVert was having a breakout season for Brooklyn. The 24-year-old entered the game averaging 19 points per game on 47.7 percent shooting but now will probably be out for the season.