Indiana Pacers shooting guard Caris LeVert underwent surgery to remove a mass on his kidney and is expected to make a full recovery, the team announced Tuesday.
LeVert was recently part of a trade from the Brooklyn Nets, via the Houston Rockets, centered on James Harden.
The mass was discovered on LeVert’s kidney as part of a routine physical, which all players undergo following a trade.
“I didn’t have any symptoms. I was playing in games. I hadn’t missed any games this season yet. I was feeling 100 percent healthy,” LeVert told reporters. “So, in a way, this trade definitely showed and revealed what was going on in my body
“So I’m definitely looking at it from that side and definitely humbled to know that this trade could’ve possibly saved me in the long run.”
LeVert, 26, is a 6-foot-6 guard/forward and was drafted by the Nets with the No. 20 overall pick in 2016. He was averaging 18.5 points and career-highs 6.0 assists and 4.3 rebounds at the time of the trade.
Once healthy, the Pacers believe LeVert can help fill the void of former star Victor Oladipo, traded to the Rockets as part of the deal.
But right now, it’s all about getting better.
“To me, the most important thing is to get my body healthy and make sure I live a long life,” LeVert said. “Before basketball, I think that’s the most important thing. So I’m not really looking at that side of things.
“Obviously, I want to play as soon as possible. I’m a competitor; I love to play the game. But I think making sure I’m good healthwise is most important. So, as far as timeline and everything like that, we’ll definitely figure it out sometime in the future. But right now, we just don’t have those answers.”