Cleveland Cavaliers Reportedly Aquire Caris LeVert from the Indiana Pacers

The Cleveland Cavaliers have made a big move.

With season-ending injuries to Collin Sexton and Ricky Rubio, rumors have swirled that the Cavs would look to add wing scoring for their playoff push. Now, four days out from the trade deadline, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski has reported that the organization has acquired Caris LeVert.

In exchange, the Indiana Pacers will receive an injured Ricky Rubio, a 2022 lottery-protected first-round pick, a 2022 second-round pick via Houston, and a 2027 second-round pick via Utah.

This could just be the beginning of a massive deadline for the Pacers, who still have coveted big men Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis on the trading block, per Wojnarowski.

As for the Cavaliers, LeVert fills a pretty significant area of need, providing a versatile scoring threat who has averaged 18.7 points and 4.4 assists over his 39 games this season. He’ll help add some much-needed scoring depth to an offense that currently ranks 18th in the NBA and averages only the 23rd-most points per game. The Bulls know how effective LeVert can be when asked to simply hunt the bottom of the net, as he dropped a ridiculous 42 points on 19-26 from the field on Friday night.

Cleveland sits with a 32-21 record and 4th in the Eastern Conference. Already the 3rd-best defensive team in the NBA, LeVert’s addition should not only help balance out the roster, but it should demonstrate that the Cavs are all-in on battling for a top playoff seed. Only 1.5 games separate the top-4 teams, and this might be an important reminder for the Bulls that improving around the margins could be necessary this deadline. Got to keep up.

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Elias Schuster is the Lead Chicago Bulls writer at Bleacher Nation. He started with BN full-time in 2019 immediately after graduating from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign with a degree in Journalism (yes, he started with the Jim Boylen Era). Since joining, Elias has been the driving force behind Bulls and NBA content for both the site and social accounts. You can follow him on Twitter/X @Schuster_Elias.

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