The Caris LeVert Report: His Next Hurdle to Jump
The Pacers got involved in the massive trade that sent James Harden to the Nets. They sent Victor Oladipo to Houston and brought Caris LeVert in picks onto the Pacers roster. The Pacers had to be feeling that it was time to end the Oladipo saga amidst a lot of rumors of contract talks that could not be settled. Caris LeVert comes in on a friendly contract for his talent level. The Pacers now have their potential starting five players on multi-year deals. Malcolm Brogdon, Domantas Sabonis, Myles Turner, and T.J. Warren.
Injuries have been the issue for Caris LeVert’s basketball career. He has had a laundry list of injuries dating back to his college days at Michigan. This however, is more severe as they found a mass on his left kidney. The great news for the Pacers and for LeVert is that he had successful surgery on January 25. His surgery was able to treat renal cell carcinoma of his left kidney. The original hope was that LeVert can return to basketball activities in 6-8 weeks, but the current status is out indefinitely.
Caris LeVert Meets the Team
Levert had nothing but positive things to say at his first press conference after meeting the Pacers staff and players. In describing Coach Bjorkgren, the words that he repeated were “intense” and “competitive.” This could be a strong partnership and I easily see a backcourt of LeVert and Brogdon making a playoff run.
We say farewell to our guy Victor Oladipo. This one is tough because we saw him come to college at Indiana University. He excelled under Coach Tom Crean and led IU to a B1G Championship. He would play for the Magic and Thunder before being traded to the Pacers, and it seemed like a perfect fit. He was playing at a very high level before being injured and the media took over the narrative of Oladipo wanting to be traded. Personally, I think Oladipo believes he is a max contract type player. Will he get that? My guess is no, but I wish him the best and thank him for his time as a Hoosier and a Pacer.
Pacers Return the Favor in Back-to-Back Action
The Pacers suffered a defeat at the hands of the Raptors 102-107 two nights ago. Former Hoosier, OG Anunoby, did us in, as he led the Raptors by scoring 30 points. Last night the Pacers came in as -2.5 favorites. Due to COVID, you will see more back-to-back against the same teams in a more baseball-style schedule.
Pacers returned the favor with a dominant 4th quarter in a 129-114 victory. Unfortunately, we face another injury as Domantas Sabonis left with a left knee injury and did not return. Malcolm Brogdon led the way with 36 points. Jeremy Lamb continues to impress as he added 22 points off the bench. Potential DPOY Myles Turner chipped in 21 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Pacers will need to continue to get a balanced scoring effort as we continue to be without T.J. Warren and Caris Levert. Continue to checkout our website at overtimeheroics.net and my Twitter account @Justis15 for all Pacers updates.
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