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Scott Agness: Nate Bjorkgren said they spent more time on the offense at today’s practice. Played 4-on-0, 3-on-0. And while Caris LeVert continues to up his participation level in drills, he has not yet gone through contact (no surprise). Today marks four weeks since surgery.
Brian Mahoney: Caris LeVert is traveling with the Pacers and working out some, according to Pacers coach Nate Bjorkgren. Great sign for the former Net after his health concerns.
Scott Agness: Caris LeVert has rejoined the team. He was at practice today.
Tony East: Nate Bjorkgren says that Caris LeVert has been watching practices recently and has been “holding a basketball.” He’s in the gym but not actively participating in practice.
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.”
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February 28, 2021 | 6:15 am EST Update
Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love is on this quick two-game trip with his teammates so he can continue to rehab a high-grade strained right calf, but the five-time All-Star is “unlikely” to return until after the NBA All-Star break, league sources tell cleveland.com.
Given the Cavs only have two games remaining — Monday in Houston and Wednesday at home against the Indiana Pacers — before a needed nine-day break, sources said the team doesn’t see the upside in pushing it. They want to use the extra days to get his calf better, so he can be 100 percent for the Second Half.
The Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant will still serve as an NBA All-Star Game captain despite a hamstring injury that will keep him from playing. Durant and fellow All-Star Game captain LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers will each draft a roster out of the pool of selected All-Stars. The All-Star draft will air on TNT on March 4. It remained unclear whether Durant will travel to Atlanta for the game on March 7.
A Knicks official said Rivers was at the Garden, but in the back getting treatment for a sore ankle. Rivers was not listed on the pregame injury report submitted to the NBA. On the box score, Rivers was listed with a DNP-Coach’s Decision. Earlier this week, Rivers said of his situation: “I can’t control if I’m traded today, tomorrow or the next day. What I can control is how I am as a player.’’
His father, Mychal Thompson, believes Klay’s basketball lifespan could run until he’s 40 years old. “I said, if you really want to, you can play till you’re 40 years of age, but the key to that is you have to take care of your body, as you go into your 30s,” Mychal said, recounting to NBC Sports Bay Area a conversation he had with Klay.
That doesn’t mean he’s a finished product. There’s a reason the Raptors signed him with G League intentions and not for the NBA roster. The 10-day contract (about $82,000) affords them six games to see how he can fit and progress in their environment. It’s an audition by another name, and not the first time the Raptors have used a 10-day to get a 905 look at a prospect. “This gives us a chance to get Donta down in our system, teach him our ins and outs and the way we operate our offence, our defence, our schemes, and see how he looks running those,” general manager Chad Sanders said. “With Tampa just down the street, it’s a chance for us to get him out there and get some reps and get a chance to evaluate him for the big club.”
Callie Caplan: Luka, on ABC, asked about recent comparisons to Larry Bird’s game: “More, more games to go. A long time before you can compare me to Larry Bird. I just want to keep hooping, have fun playing basketball.”