Report: Pacers Get Extra 2nd-round Pick in James Harden Trade After LeVert Physical

Adam WellsJanuary 17, 2021

Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) looks for his next move during the first quarter of an NBA basketball gam, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

After a short delay, the Indiana Pacers have officially acquired Caris LeVert from the Houston Rockets to complete the blockbuster four-team trade that sent James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets. 

Per Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, the Pacers will receive a second-round draft pick from the Cavs and cash to complete the deal after an issue was found in Caris LeVert's physical. 

The Pacers announced LeVert will be out indefinitely after an MRI found a small mass on one of left kidney.

LeVert included a statement in the Pacers' announcement: 

"On behalf of my family and myself, we want to thank the Indiana Pacers for their support and guidance. We are grateful for their extreme thoroughness during the physical process and I am looking forward to joining the team and being part of this great organization as soon as possible."

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported Brooklyn will also send an extra $2.4 million to Indiana.

The Nets officially announced the acquisition of James Harden in a three-team trade involving the Rockets and Cavaliers on Thursday

LeVert was sent from Brooklyn to Houston as part of that deal, but ESPN's Ramona Shelburne and Wojnarowski reported the Rockets were going to send the 26-year-old to Indiana in exchange for Victor Oladipo. 

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The Pacers officially announced their acquisition of LeVert on Saturday.

Oladipo has been with the Pacers since being acquired from the Oklahoma City Thunder in July 2017. He ranked third on the team in scoring with 20 points per game in 2020-21 prior to the deal. 

Indiana originally selected LeVert with the 20th overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft. His draft rights were traded to the Nets before the start of that season in exchange for Thaddeus Young.

LeVert has spent the past five seasons in Brooklyn. He is averaging 18.5 points and a career-high six assists per game in 12 contests this season. 

The Pacers are scheduled to play the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on Sunday.