28 September (WNN) — Indiana Pacers guard Caris Levert is dealing with a stress fracture in his back, but the team remains optimistic that it could be only a minor setback and that he may return closer to the start of the season.
“A bit of restlessness. To this day I’ve been practicing and doing all kinds of things,” Levert told reporters on Tuesday. “So it’s nothing serious, but you know, obviously there needs to be some caution.
“…we’re still waiting to hear back for more opinions and things like that to get a definitive timetable. But for now, we’re just being cautious and playing it by ear.” “
Levert, who was traded to Indiana from the Brooklyn Nets as part of a James Harden deal, averaged 20.2 points, 5.2 assists and 4.6 rebounds in 35 games for the Pacers last season.
After a blockbuster trade with the Pacers in January, Levert was physically diagnosed with a cancerous mass on his kidney that required surgery later that month. He eventually made his debut for Indiana in March.
The Pacers selected LeVert from the University of Michigan in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft. His draft rights were traded to the Nets in July 2016 in exchange for Thaddeus Young.
Levert spent his first five seasons in Brooklyn before being sent back to Indiana earlier this year.
In 260 career games (133 starts) between the Nets and the Pacers, Levert has averaged 14.1 points, 3.9 assists and 3.9 rebounds.