It turns out that the lump on Caris LeVert’s kidney was in fact cancerous, but her new NBA team announced on Tuesday that the surgery to remove it was a success.
The Indiana Pacers announced that LeVert, the 26-year-old former Michigan basketball player, had surgery on Monday to treat a renal cell carcinoma of his left kidney.
“No further treatment is necessary,” noted the Pacers. “Caris is expected to make a full recovery and will be out indefinitely. Further updates will be provided as needed. “
LeVert was part of a blockbuster trade earlier this month, it sent him from the Brooklyn Nets to Indiana. During a pre-exchange physical exam – standard procedure in the NBA – the kidney mass was discovered.
“I felt 100% healthy” LeVert said at a press conference Last week. “So in a way, this trade clearly showed and revealed what was going on in my body. I’m definitely looking at it from that side and I’m really excited to know that this trade could have saved me in the long run.
LeVert was not sure at the time if the mass was cancerous. That was, hence the surgery. LeVert, a rising star in the league, averaged over 18 points per game with Brooklyn. He is in his fifth season in the NBA after a successful, albeit injury-riddled, four-year career in Michigan.
LeVert’s trade involved four teams and sent former Houston MVP James Harden to Brooklyn.
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