Mass Found on Caris Levert’s Kidney, Making His Recent Trade Possibly Life Saving
Trades occur in all professional sports, and are loved by some but hated by many. A player can be uprooted from their entire life in the blink of an eye, and forced to move across the country. However this week, it was a trade that might have saved a life.
Indiana Pacers‘s wing, Caris LeVert, was going through a standard physical after being traded to the Pacers from the Brooklyn Nets, when a mass was found on his kidney. LeVert said he had felt no pain and had not missed any games prior to the trade, meaning he had no clue of his dangerous medical problem.
LeVert’s family has a history of medical conditions and cancers, so he is looking at the trade as somewhat of a life saver. LeVert said that he intends to take his time with his return, as more important than basketball, he wants to make sure that he “lives a long life.” Health is always more important than sport, and Caris wants to be at 100% health before he steps back on the court.
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LeVert was traded to the Pacers in a 4 team deal that included James Harden being sent to the Nets, and Victor Oladipo being sent to the Rockets.
Caris, a 6 foot 6 guard, has put up good numbers in his first 5 years of NBA play. This season he is averaging 18.5 points per game in just under 27 of playing time.
LeVert’s status is so far unknown, as he is unsure whether the mass in his kidney is cancerous. Either way, the Pacers are excited to take him in when he is healthy. Head coach, Nate Bjorkgren, has already called him a “stud” and talked about how he will fit into the Pacers team “seamlessly.”
Avi Paulson is a student at the College Preparatory School. He lives in the Bay Area, and is an avid viewer of baseball. He plays various sports, and is a writer for At the Buzzer.
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