Caris LeVert
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Indiana Pacers guard Caris LeVert has a stress fracture in his back, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

There is optimism that his injury could only be a minor setback and he could return around the start of the regular season, Wojnarowski adds.

There will be more testing still to come on the stress fracture.

Last season, LeVert averaged 20.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.4 steals per game in 47 games for the Brooklyn Nets (12 games) and Pacers (35 games).

After being traded to the Pacers, an MRI during a physical revealed a cancerous mass on the 27-year-old’s left kidney that was diagnosed as renal cell carcinoma.

LeVert underwent successful surgery to treat the kidney cancer in January and he made his debut with the Pacers in March.

The Pacers have had a string of bad luck with injuries.

Guard Edmond Sumner tore his left Achilles during an offseason workout and forward T.J. Warren is struggling to recover from a stress fracture in his foot and remains out indefinitely.