The Brooklyn Nets traded for a superstar in James Harden to form a super team. This comes at the cost of losing future potential All-Stars in Jared Allen and Caris LeVert and multiple first-round draft picks.
LeVert, who was initially traded to the Rockets, was later traded away for Victor Oladipo. The 26-year-old was in the form of his life, averaging 18.5 points, 6 assists, and 4.3 rebounds per game despite coming off of the bench.
In the Pacers, LeVert was set to become a starter, but his pre-trade physical tests gave a pretty worrying sign. After an MRI it was revealed that the former Nets star had a small mass on his left kidney. He is out indefinitely due to the same.
The 26-year-old had his introductory press conference yesterday. When asked about the possibility of returning to the court, LeVert emphasized on how important health was.
He said, “I think for me the most important thing is to get my body healthy and make sure I live a long life. 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 for me making sure I’m good, health-wise is the most important right now.”
LeVert, in the same press conference, opened up about the Brooklyn Nets trading him. He said, “Sean was very honest with me.
“From the first time the rumors kind of came out, he kind of told me don’t rule it out. He told me that they hadn’t been in communication with the Rockets.”
The 26-year-old added, “He was very honest with me, and I can’t thank him enough for that. But I didn’t know if it was gonna happen, I didn’t know if it wasn’t gonna happen, I just kind of knew that it was a possibility and I knew there was a lot of speculation.”
He also opened up about how this trade might have saved him. He said, “I didn’t have any symptoms; I was playing in games and hadn’t missed any games this season yet. I was feeling a 100 percent healthy.
“In a way, this trade definitely showed and revealed what was going on with my body. I am looking at it from that side and definitely humbled to know that this trade could have possibly saved me in the long run.”
LeVert, for now, is out indefinitely. If he can recover to his best, there is no doubt that he can become a superstar for the Pacers.
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