Indiana Pacers’ Caris LeVert Undergoes Successful Cancer Surgery

Caris Levert Wearing Mask With Pacers Background

  • Caris LeVert had a successful cancer surgery last Monday.
  • LeVert had a renal cell carcinoma removed from his left kidney.
  • The small mass was discovered during a routine physical exam conducted after his trade from the Brooklyn Nets.

Indiana Pacers guard Caris LeVert underwent successful surgery on Monday to treat renal cell carcinoma on his left kidney.

LeVert was included in the players that swapped teams during the James Harden trade. During his physical, doctors discovered a small mass in LeVert’s left kidney. Further testing revealed a cancerous growth which needed to be removed.

Trade May Have Saved His Life

In one of his interviews since he was traded, LeVert acknowledged that the trade may have saved his life. According to LeVert, he had no symptoms and was feeling 100%. He was playing games and had not missed a single game this season prior to the trade. Because of those, there was no way of knowing there was a cancerous growth in his kidney but because NBA trades physical exams, LeVert underwent one and that’s when the carcinoma was detected during an MRI.

Luckily for him, again, the mass in his left kidney was a small one and only required removal via surgery. According to a team statement from the Pacers, the 26-year old guard will be out indefinitely but he will need no further treatment and is expected to make a full recovery.

LeVert was Indiana’s first round pick in the 2016 NBA Draft before he was traded to the Nets. In each of his four seasons with Brooklyn, his scoring totals have improved despite coming off the bench. Prior to the trade, LeVert averaged 18.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, 6.0 assists, and 1.1 steals per game.

Pacers’ Odds

Online sportsbook Bet365 has Indiana as the second favorite to win the Central Division at +1200, behind the Milwaukee Bucks. Bovada also has the Pacers with the 6th best odds to win the Eastern Conference at +3000. However, regardless of what the top NBA betting sites are currently saying, Indiana has the 4th best record in the Eastern Conference and they are just 1.5 games behind the Eastern Conference leaders Philadelphia 76ers before Wednesday’s games.

While Indiana lost All-Star guard Victor Oladipo in the trade, the Pacers acquired LeVert who is a talented scorer who can immediately fit in with their talented line-up as soon as he is cleared to play. With Malcolm Brogdon’s ability to run the show as the primary ball-handler and facilitator, LeVert should be able to concentrate on scoring, where he’s good at. LeVert is coming off a 2019-20 season where he averaged career-high in scoring while helping the Nets make the playoffs despite playing without Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant.

Indiana has one of the toughest frontcourts in the division with Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner. If the defenders will collapse on their Bigs, LeVert will be more than willing to take the shot from the three-point arc where he shot 36.4% last year. He could also be effective attacking the basket off passes from Brogdon. With these possibilities, the prospects look good for the Pacers once LeVert returns, which they hope will be sooner than later. Prayers up for Caris LeVert.

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