Huge Update on the Health of Pacers' Caris LeVert

Simply put, when the Brooklyn Nets traded for James Harden and Caris LeVert ended up in Indiana as a Pacer, it saved LeVert's life. The swingman had no idea there was a small mass on his kidney that ended up being renal cell carcinoma until he had a physical done in Indiana.

Before the deal LeVert wasn't scheduled for another physical until training camp of next season, so he would have gone months not knowing there was cancer living inside his body.

Thankfully, it was found and the team and LeVert received great news today, as he's undergone successful removal surgery and is expected to make a full recovery. 

LeVert is 26, and has his whole career in front of him. As a 1-B option with the Pacers, expect LeVert to have a monster season and average around 20 points per game. 

Here's what LeVert had to say about this whole process:

I didn't have any symptoms. ... I was playing in games; I hadn't missed any games this season yet and I was pretty much 100% healthy. In a way, this trade showed and revealed what was going on in my body, so I'm definitely looking at it from that side. I'm definitely humbled to know that this trade could have possibly saved me in the long run.

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