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Caris LeVert’s physical hiccup cashes Pacers another pick in James Harden trade

Caris LeVert, James Harden, Pacers, Nets trade

After an issue was discovered during Caris LeVert’s physical with the Indiana Pacers, an additional second-round pick and cash were sent by the Brooklyn Nets to complete the James Harden blockbuster trade, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

The Pacers will receive a 2024 second-round pick from Brooklyn (via the Cleveland Cavaliers) and cash, ultimately completing the four-team deal executed earlier this week.

Jarrett Allen, Taurean Prince, Dante Exum, James Harden, and Rodions Kurucs passed their fitness tests. 

LeVert’s injury prevented the Houston Rockets from acquiring Oladipo, posing a threat in potentially breaking the blockbuster deal, as the Nets didn’t have anything else to give. 

Full details of the hang-up regarding LeVert’s physical test are unknown. The rising star has been healthy during the Net’s 2020-21 campaign, but he missed nearly two months late in the 2020 season, having undergone thumb surgery. He was also sidelined for almost three months in 2018-19 due to a right foot dislocation.

Despite the questions surrounding his test, Indiana has welcomed Caris LeVert and is expecting him to contribute to their playoff expectations.

“Caris is a high-quality person who will fit in with what we as an organization are doing, on and off the floor,” Pacers president Kevin Pritchard said in a statement. “He’s a versatile young talent who we think will be a great fit with the direction our team is taking. He can play multiple positions and affect the game at both ends of the floor.”

With all components of the blockbuster deal finalized, Harden can now make his debut for the Nets. The team has him listed as available for Saturday’s matchup against the Orlando Magic.