Central Notes: LeVert, Allen, Pistons, White

Caris LeVert won’t be taking the court for the Pacers anytime soon, but the team’s newly-acquired guard was in attendance at Tuesday’s practice and spoke to reporters for the first time since being traded from Brooklyn to Indiana.

As Eric Woodyard of ESPN details, LeVert said on Tuesday that he’d been feeling “100% healthy” this season and was surprised when an MRI conducted as part of his physical revealed a small mass on his left kidney.

“In a way, this trade definitely showed and revealed what was going on in my body,” LeVert said. “So I’m definitely looking at it from that side and definitely humbled to know that this trade could’ve possibly saved me in the long run.”

According to LeVert, he and the Pacers are still waiting on some testing results and don’t know yet if the mass is cancerous. The 26-year-old added that while he wants to return to action as soon as possible, he understands it’s important to prioritize his health and to “make sure I live a long life,” so he isn’t yet thinking about when he might be able to play again.

Here’s more from around the Central:

  • While Jarrett Allen admitted he was “disappointed” by not getting the chance to continue his career in Brooklyn, he’s excited to be part of the Cavaliers, as Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com relays. “It’s good that they want to invest in me, invest in my improvement and have me be a part of their organization,” Allen said. “I love what the front office is doing. I love how the coaches are teaching us. I can’t wait to play with them.”
  • The Pistons won’t have a G League affiliate of their own participating in the revamped 2020/21 season, but they’ll consider using the flexible assignment option to get some of their young players some regular playing time at a lower level, head coach Dwane Casey said on Tuesday, per Omari Sankofa II of The Detroit Free Press. “Right now they’re playing (NBA) games when they should be learning the G League, making mistakes and learning from them in the G League instead of our games,” Casey said of the team’s inexperienced youngsters.
  • The jury’s still out on whether Coby White can be the Bulls‘ long-term answer at point guard, writes Joe Cowley of The Chicago Sun-Times.
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8 thoughts on “Central Notes: LeVert, Allen, Pistons, White

  1. Sillivan

    Pistons bring back Dinwiddie trade idea

    Nets get Delon Wright and Plumlee

    Pistons salary dump

    • cavsarethebestever42

      I wanted to do my own comment but the app keeps crashing (so basically this isn’t for you)

      Allen will be a great Cavs player!

    • king beas

      Nets would take on plumlee because..? They’re way over the cap as it is they’re going to take on more money especially with contracts that aren’t expiring

      • x%sure

        The Nets need a backup center and would dump the Dinwiddie obligation in getting a replacement.
        However injured players are rarely traded IRL, and IMO, Dins is needed to help cement a Nets team that could divide.

  2. radiohead801

    Joe Crowley is always on the cutting edge when it comes to deep, meaningful opinions not shared by the masses. Or not.

  3. x%sure

    Coby White at PG: “I’ve got to eat last… it’s a learning process”.

    I don’t think anyone likes him at PG, or ever has. It’s like a form of tanking, for him to gain those skills while theBulls lose. If it takes a change of mindset, then the “learning” might cost his fast successful lane-dives to the rim. The Cavs play the similar Sexton at 2G (no matter what one might read on HR about him playing PG), and they’re off to a better start sans injuries.
    —–

    The writer makes a point by using the stat Usage Rate, connecting it to ppg and team W-L (saying theBulls are more likely to win when he handles the ball less). I think the Usage Rate stat itself would be more useful if connected to some index of team success. I never look at it as as.

  4. Tatsumaki

    Nets have no defense, lol kyrie and harden got absolutely cooked by sexton. No one should be worried about nets

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