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Indiana Pacers’ Caris LeVert out indefinitely after small mass found on kidney

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Indiana Pacers wing Caris LeVert is out indefinitely after an MRI revealed a small mass on his left kidney, the team announced Saturday.

The mass was found during a physical prior to finalizing this week’s four-team trade centered around James Harden. LeVert will now undergo further tests.

“On behalf of my family and myself, we want to thank the Indiana Pacers for their support and guidance,” LeVert said in a statement. “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.”

The Pacers announced they had acquired LeVert and cash considerations from the Nets as part of the four-team trade that sent Victor Oladipo to the Houston Rockets. The Pacers also received a future second-round draft pick from Houston and a future second-round pick from Cleveland in the deal.

“We acquired Caris because of who he is as a young man first and foremost,” Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard said in a statement. “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, 26, is averaging 18.5 points and 6 assists in 27.8 minutes per game this season.

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Milwaukee Bucks expect guard Jrue Holiday back in lineup on Sunday, sources say, after 10-game absence

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After missing 10 consecutive games, Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday is likely to return to the lineup against the visiting LA Clippers on Sunday, sources told ESPN.

The Bucks have been largely inconsistent without Holiday, who has been out for three weeks as part of the league’s health and safety protocols.

Holiday practiced on Saturday with the Bucks, and he has progressed in ramping up his conditioning this week.

After starting the season 15-8, the Bucks have struggled to a 5-5 record without Holiday. The Bucks are down in points per game (121.2 to 117.6), point differential (9.8 to 2.5) and assists per game (27.2 to 23.7).

Holiday has averaged 16.4 points, 5.4 assists and 4.8 rebounds, including shooting 50% from the floor and 38.7% on 3-pointers.

The Bucks acquired Holiday from the New Orleans Pelicans in a blockbuster four-team trade during the offseason.

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Sources — Toronto Raptors’ Pascal Siakam expected to remain in protocol through All-Star break

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Toronto Raptors star Pascal Siakam is expected to remain in the league’s health and safety protocol through the All-Star break, missing the final three games of the first half, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Siakam sat out Friday’s victory over Houston in the protocol.

The Raptors were without Siakam and six coaches, including head coach Nick Nurse, on Friday night because of health and safety protocols. Siakam will miss games vs. the Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons and Boston Celtics in the coming week.

Raptors assistant Sergio Scariolo slid over into the head coach’s chair, leading the team to a 122-111 win over the Rockets in Tampa, Florida.

Siakam is averaging 20.1 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.8 assists this season.

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Brooklyn Nets without Kyrie Irving (shoulder) vs. Dallas Mavericks

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NEW YORK — Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving missed Saturday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks for what the team has said is “right shoulder injury recovery.”

The Nets were already without Kevin Durant, who has been ruled out through the All-Star break as he rehabs a hamstring strain.

Irving had surgery on his right shoulder last March to relieve an impingement. Prior to getting surgery, Irving had gotten a cortisone shot in December 2019.

Saturday marked the 11th game missed this season by Irving, who was out for an extended personal absence in January. He is averaging 27.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game this season.

Brooklyn entered Saturday’s matchup against the Mavericks (ABC, 8:30 p.m. ET) on an eight-game winning streak.

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