Reports: Cavaliers acquire Caris LeVert in trade with Pacers


In return, the Pacers get veteran guard Ricky Rubio along with a handful of picks, including a first-round lottery pick this year.

INDIANAPOLIS — We’re less than a week away from the Feb. 10 NBA trade deadline, the most explosive trade deadline of any major sport on a year-over-year basis, and things are starting to heat up.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Pacers trade custody Caris LeVert to the Cavaliers. They also offer the Cavs a 2022 second-round pick via Miami.

In return, the Pacers get veteran guard Ricky Rubio along with a handful of picks, including a first-round lottery pick this year.

Indiana acquired Levert via trade last January.

A six-year NBA veteran, LeVert is averaging 18.7 points per game this year for the Pacers, who themselves got him from Brooklyn as part of the four-team trade that sent the former MVP James Harden at the Nets as well as big man Jarrett Allen at the Cavaliers. Unfortunately, Indiana’s record is only 19-35, well out of the Eastern Conference playoff chase.

The team is now in a position to begin a reconstruction.

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In contrast, the surprising Cavs are currently tied for third in the East at 32-21, just 1 1/2 games behind top-seeded Chicago. The organization looked to add depth to the stretch run, especially with guards Collin Sexton and Ricky Rubio out for the year with respective knee injuries.

LeVert, a 27-year-old Ohio native, was one of many notable names tied to Cleveland as the trade deadline approached.

Interestingly, reports of a deal being reached between the Pacers and the Cavs were shared on Sunday when the Pacers visited Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

The deadline for exchanges is this Thursday at 3 p.m.

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