• Caris LeVert's return to NBA action is unknown after a small mass was found on his left kidney
  • The Pacers are keeping the faith in LeVert
  • Pacers receive a second-round pick and cash from the Nets

Caris LeVert showed promise during his time with the Brooklyn Nets, giving Indiana Pacers fans reason to be excited. However, all that will have to wait following reports that the 26-year-old has a medical issue.

An MRI exam showed that the 20th pick of the 2016 NBA Draft has a small mass on his left kidney. It was discovered during his routine physical, and LeVert has been ruled out indefinitely. The official announcement was made by the team via Twitter Sunday.

LeVert will undergo additional tests, and more details should be known at a later date. The promising young star thanked the Pacers for their patience and support and said he hopes he can repay them once he is cleared to return to action.

“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,” LeVert said in an official statement.

The Nets sent over a second-round pick and cash to complete the deal after the LeVert's medical issue was discovered, according to The Athletic.

It is a big blow for the Pacers, who gave up Victor Oladipo in the blockbuster four-team trade centered on James Harden. The 2018 NBA MVP got his wish to join the Nets and made an impressive debut with a triple-double (32 points, 14 assists and 12 rebounds).

The 14 dimes that Harden registered is a franchise record. However, Harden’s triple-double effort was what made the record books. He becomes the first NBA player to do so right in his very first game with a new team.

As for the Pacers, they are not giving up on LeVert and are fully aware of his potential. This was made clear by the team's president of basketball operations. Kevin Pritchard, who explained why they are keeping the faith in the 6-foot-6 cager.

“We acquired Caris because of who he is as a young man first and foremost,” Pritchard said. “His basketball skill and on court play speaks for itself and we know he has a great career ahead of him. We will support Caris through this time and know that he will join us on the court as soon as he is able.”

LeVert owns a three-year contract worth $52.5 million which he signed with the Nets in August last year. He will make $16 million this 2020-21 season. The 26-year-old player is averaging 18.5 points and six assists in 27.8 minutes per game this season.

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Caris LeVert #22 of the Brooklyn Nets reacts in the first half against the Philadelphia 76ers at Barclays Center on April 20, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Elsa/Getty Images