Trade to Pacers saved Caris LeVert after kidney mass found

Caris LeVert felt totally healthy when he was traded from the Brooklyn Nets to the Indiana Pacers last week.

Now, though, LeVert has been sidelined indefinitely after an MRI revealed a small mass on his left kidney.

Had he remained in Brooklyn, who knows when doctors would’ve found the mass. The trade — which was part of the larger four-team deal that sent James Harden to Brooklyn from the Houston Rockets — may have actually saved his life, because as part of it he had to undergo a team physical. And that physical is what revealed the mass.

“I didn’t have any symptoms. I was playing in games. I hadn’t missed any games this season yet. I was feeling 100 percent healthy,” LeVert said Tuesday, via ESPN. “So, in a way, this trade definitely showed and revealed what was going on in my body, so I’m definitely looking

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