Pacers swingman Caris Levert’s encouraging recovery timeline amid kidney issue
The Indiana Pacers acquired Caris LeVert in the four-team trade that sent James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets and Victor Oladipo to the Houston Rockets. After discovering a mass on his kidney, team president Kevin Pritchard gave a rough estimate on when LeVert could return to the court, per Tony East of the West Indianapolis Community News.
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.
— Tony East (@TEastNBA) January 18, 2021
When the Pacers conducted a physical on Caris LeVert following his trade from the Nets, they found out he had a mass on his kidney. Pritchard announced on Monday that LeVert was expected to undergo surgery on and that there wasn’t a definitive timetable on his return.
While Pritchard still doesn’t know when LeVert will be able to return, he shared that Indiana would know more information in the next week. In addition, he estimated that the Michigan product would be able to pick up a basketball again in nearly two months.
With that being said, Pritchard made it clear that the Pacers aren’t going to rush him back into action and that LeVert will need time to get acclimated to the team before playing. So for the moment, Indiana is holding out hope that LeVert will be able to make his season debut with the team in late March or early April.
Before getting traded to Indiana, LeVert was having an impressive season with Brooklyn. Over the course of the first 12 games of the season, LeVert was averaging 18.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, and a career-best 6.0 assists per game for the Nets.