The Cleveland Cavaliers introduced their newest acquisition, Caris LeVert, Tuesday.
On Monday, Cleveland acquired LeVert and a 2022 second-round pick (via Miami) from the Indiana Pacers in exchange for guard Ricky Rubio, a lottery-protected 2022 first-round pick, 2022 second-round pick (via Houston), and 2027 second-round pick (via Utah)
This season, the 27-year-old LeVert, a native of Columbus, Ohio, played 39 games for the Pacers, averaging 18.7 points, 4.4 assists, and 3.8 rebounds.
LeVert is everything the Cavs needed. He’s another guy that can create off the dribble, he can play both guard spots, he has good length(6-6), and he can put the ball in the basket at a high level.
According to Cavs head coach J.B. Bickerstaff, LeVert makes the Cavs a dangerous team.
“It makes us more dynamic,” he said. “It makes us a really dangerous basketball team.”
LeVert is excited for the opportunity in Cleveland, and he is happy for the chance to be a part of a team that could make a deep playoff run.
“Here(Cleveland), we’re playing for a championship, and that’s kind of been the sentiment with the team, the coaching staff, and everyone here,” he said. “I’m just extremely blessed to be in this situation.”
It should be interesting to see how Cleveland uses LeVert. With Lauri Markkanen(ankle) out, he could slide in at the two, and Isaac Okoro could play the three, which he played all last season. Then, once Markkanen is healthy, Okoro could come off the bench, which is probably the likeliest scenario.
All year, Cleveland has found ways to replace injured players. It started with last year’s leading scorer Collin Sexton, who is out for the year after tearing his meniscus in November. Then, Rubio was lost for the season after he tore his ACL in December. Despite the injuries, Cleveland keeps finding a way.
As crazy as this would have sounded a few months ago, Cleveland is competing for a championship. The Cavs are not a fluke; they have beaten some good teams this season. In fact, 16 of their 33 wins have come against teams above .500. With LeVert on the roster, the Cavs are a much better team. Right now, Cleveland has excellent chemistry, but it could take time for LeVert to get comfortable.
Hopefully, for Cleveland, the chemistry will stay intact, and this team will continue to flourish.
Watch below as LeVert reacts to being traded to Cleveland, playing with Jarrett Allen again, and more: