Nets’ Caris LeVert trade truly might’ve saved his life

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 03: Caris LeVert #22 of the Brooklyn Nets (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 03: Caris LeVert #22 of the Brooklyn Nets (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) /

Caris LeVert’s medical emergency would’ve never been uncovered if the Nets hadn’t dealt him to the Rockets (then the Pacers).

Brand-new Indiana Pacer Caris LeVert might’ve been given a new lease on life by the trade that briefly flipped his world upside down — in an entirely different way.

LeVert, originally thought to be a near-untouchable in Brooklyn, found himself flipped to the Houston Rockets last week in the James Harden mega-deal. Then, before he could even purchase an Astros fitted cap, it was onto Indiana for Victor Oladipo, reuniting him with the franchise that technically selected him prior to a Draft Night swap to the Nets.

But real estate and roster fits quickly took a back seat when it was revealed that a small mass was discovered on LeVert’s kidney during the resulting physical examination.

LeVert spoke to the media on Tuesday, acknowledging that, while he still doesn’t know exactly what type of beast he’s dealing with, he’s well aware that he wouldn’t be on a positive course if he hadn’t been included in the trade. As we suspected, he was symptom-free prior to the shocking diagnosis, and still remains as such.

Shades of Jon Dorenbos, the legendary Eagles long-snapper whose life-threatening aortic aneurysm was only revealed by a physical after Philly’s attempt to trade him to New Orleans.

Life works in mysterious ways, huh?

It seems, more than ever, that LeVert is where he’s meant to be, though his contributions to Brooklyn’s roster — especially during these past few years of being a fledgling contender without an end point — will never go unappreciated by the fan base.

Though he’s gone now, the topsy-turvy tragedy of the past week has only more firmly cemented his legacy in Brooklyn.

LeVert knows how much he’s appreciated here, and it appears he already shares the same innate connection with his newly-adopted home city.

After all, the NBA life-altering trade may have changed everything for him.