Caris LeVert Underwent Surgery to Treat Carcinoma on Kidney

Grant Afseth

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Indiana Pacers will have to wait until Caris LeVert plays his first game as a member of the team. 

The Pacers made an official announcement on LeVert's status following successful surgery to treat renal cell carcinoma on his left kidney. He will be out indefinitely but is expected to make a full recovery. 

"Caris LeVert underwent successful surgery on Monday to treat renal cell carcinoma of his left kidney. The surgery was performed by Dr. Jason Sprunger at Community North Hospital in Indianapolis, Ind. No further treatment is needed. Caris is expected to make a full recovery and will be out indefinitely. Further updates will be provided as needed."

When talking to the Indianapolis media after the trade, LeVert made it clear how grateful he was for the support he's received from the Pacers organization and fans since being traded to the team. 

"It's definitely been some trying times for sure, for myself and my family," LeVert said. "From being traded to finding out the news about my body and what's going on.

"I think (out of) everything, I'm very grateful for such support I've received from not only the Pacers players, but the front office and the fans and everybody associated with this program."

Before being traded to the Pacers, LeVert appeared in 12 games for the Brooklyn Nets. He averaged 18.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 6.0 assists during that period. 

The Pacers will return to action on Wednesday when they begin the first part of a back-to-back series with the Hornets in Charlotte. 

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