Pacers’ Caris LeVert out indefinitely after small mass found on kidney during physical

The Indiana Pacers found a small mass on newly acquired guard Caris LeVert’s left kidney, the team said in a news release Saturday evening. 

The mass was discovered on an MRI during a physical prior to finalizing a four-team trade between Brooklyn, Houston, Cleveland and Indiana. LeVert is out indefinitely and will undergo more medical tests.

"On behalf of my family and myself, we want to thank the Indiana Pacers for their support and guidance," LeVert said in a statement. "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."

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The Pacers traded for LeVert in the deal that sent James Harden from Houston to Brooklyn, and Jarrett Allen and Taurean Prince from Brooklyn to Cleveland. The Rockets acquired Victor Oladipo from Indiana and four first-round draft picks.

"We acquired Caris because of who he is as a young man first and foremost," Pacers vice president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard said in a news release. "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."

LeVert, 26, averaged 18.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 12 games for Brooklyn this season and averaged similar stats last season.

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