LeVert, who has been ruled out indefinitely as he deals with the medical issue, spoke to reporters on Tuesday, explaining that if not for the trade, his medical condition likely wouldn’t have been discovered as soon as it was. “I didn’t have any symptoms. As you know, I was playing in games. I hadn’t missed any games this season yet,” LeVert said. “I was feeling 100 percent healthy, so in a way this trade definitely showed and revealed what was going on in my body. “I’m definitely looking at it from that side and definitely humbled to know that this trade could have possibly saved me in the long run.”
Tony East: Kevin Pritchard discussing LeVert and the mass on his kidney on @1075thefan : "We got comfortable with the medical. We are getting more comfortable every single day. He's probably going to have surgery."
Tony East: More Pritchard on a LeVert timeline: "We will know more in the next 7 days... maybe 6 to 8 weeks he's picking up a basketball." Stresses that 6-8 weeks isn't a return timeline. After picking up a ball he will still need to get up to speed and get ready for games.
Law Murray: On availability, Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard explains that the discovery of Caris LeVert's condition doesn't get discovered without the physical that comes with a trade
Eric Woodyard: Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard on status of Caris LeVert: "As soon as we found this out, all eyes were trying to help Caris." Pritchard says he has a magnetic personality. "This organization is going to step up," he said. No timetable on his return.
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 with Brooklyn, Houston and Cleveland. LeVert will undergo further medical tests and more details will follow as needed.
Caris LeVert: "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."
February 25, 2021 | 5:10 pm EST Update
Shams Charania: DeMarcus Cousins has cleared waivers and is free to sign with any NBA team, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
Rod Boone: Last two-minute report says Gordon Hayward made contact to Devin Booker’s wrist, affected his game-tying 3-point attempt with .06 seconds left. Booker should have been awarded free throws. But same thing happened to #Hornets and Terry Rozier a while back so these things even out.
KC Johnson: NBA’s L2M report said call on Coby White’s foul on Ricky Rubio was correctly a shooting foul. Report also said KAT foul on LaVine with 12.3 seconds left in regulation was wrong. KAT fouled out on the play.
Scott Agness: NBA’s Last Two Minute Report says Sabonis was fouled by Oubre Jr. on the inbounds. Pacers were down by four with 10.1s left, Brogdon threw the ball in but Sabonis was already falling. Instead, he should’ve gotten FTs.
The Houston Rockets and the Fertitta Family will partner with Operation BBQ Relief for a contactless drive-thru food distribution outside the Tundra Garage of Toyota Center on Saturday, Feb. 27. The distribution will focus on providing food to individuals and families who were affected by the Texas winter storm
A federal grand jury in Lexington returned an 11-count indictment against the 35-year-old Randolph Morris, who played at the University of Kentucky from 2004 to 2007, before entering the National Basketball Association (NBA), where he played until 2010. Morris is accused of submitting false income information to the Kentucky Department of Revenue for the 2015, 2016 and 2017 tax years, when he played for the Beijing Ducks. The alleged failure to report any of his earnings from his Chinese team during those years deprived the state of Kentucky of more than $400,000 in tax revenue.
A date for Morris to appear in federal court has not yet been scheduled. He faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 on each wire fraud count. For the counts of making false statements on tax returns, he faces a maximum prison sentence of three years. However, any sentence following a conviction would be imposed by the Court, after its consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal sentencing statutes.