Caris LeVert’s physical hiccup cashes Pacers another pick in James Harden 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.
A 2024 second-round pick via Cleveland — originally sent to Brooklyn — is now being sent to Indiana, sources said. https://t.co/kJcDd76rFs
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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.”