Caris LeVert underwent successful surgery on Monday to treat renal cell carcinoma of his left kidney. The surgery was performed by Dr. Jason Sprunger at Community North Hospital in Indianapolis, Ind.
No further treatment is needed. Caris is expected to make a full recovery and will be out indefinitely. Further updates will be provided as needed.
Michael Scotto: Caris LeVert thanked everyone for their support regarding his health, the Brooklyn Nets for his tenure with the organization, and expressed excitement for his new journey with the Indiana Pacers on Instagram.
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 28, 2021 | 7:46 pm EST Update
Nevertheless, Oladipo, 28, has the chance to become one of the best two-way players available at the trade deadline or free agency. Miami and New York are among teams who’ve had an interest in Oladipo, and both have the salary-cap space to sign him outright in the summer.
Oladipo’s in the final year of a four-year, $85 million contract, which leaves the Rockets with decisions to make prior to the March 25 trade deadline — including whether they’ll make him available in trade talks. The transitional state of the Rockets’ roster makes it likely they’ll listen to overtures as they continue to get to know Oladipo — and he gets to know them — since the mid-January trade that brought him from Indiana as part of the James Harden blockbuster.
For the Rockets, amid a post-Harden and Westbrook era, there are a number of options with Oladipo, including weighing his value in the trade deadline marketplace, committing to aggressively pursuing a long-term deal in the summer, working with Oladipo on getting value back in sign-and-trade talks in the offseason or letting him walk to use the cap space on other players in free agency.