Anderson Varejao PF/C CLE 20 hours ago

Varejao (Achilles) will not return at any point during the Finals, Sports Illustrated reports.

Earlier Friday morning, ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported that Varejao "could be activated" if the Cavs were to suffer a frontcourt injury, but this latest story seems to squash any possibility that the Brazilian could play in the Finals. Varejao tore his left Achilles in late-December and has been working toward returning for the start of the 2015-16 season. The Cavs have not provided detailed updates on his progress, so it's unclear whether Varejao is even close - health-wise - to returning to the court.

Anderson Varejao PF/C CLE 2 months ago

Varejao believes he his ahead of schedule in his recovery from a torn left Achilles and expects to be ready to play for the start of the 2015-16 season, Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

While it's encouraging to see that Varejao hasn't endured any setbacks in his recovery from the December procedure and is now out of a walking boot, there's legitimate fears about his ability to reemerge as a vital contributor for the Cavs. The big man will turn 33 in September and has already been foiled by a litany of injuries throughout his career, but returning from an ailment of this nature may be his toughest test yet. For what it's worth, Varejao said he expects to be close to the same player after returning from injury, but fantasy players shouldn't be nearly as optimistic.

Anderson Varejao PF/C CLE 5 months ago

Varejao had successful surgery on his torn left Achilles on Friday but is still expected to miss the rest of the season, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

The absence of Varejao for the remainder of the 2014-15 season is yet another blemish on his injury-stained career. In his absence, it appears that Kevin Love will slide down to center thus leaving Shawn Marion, Mike Miller, and LeBron James to float around the two through four positions. Most surprisingly, it seems that Tristan Thompson will continue to be limited in a role off the bench.

Anderson Varejao PF/C CLE 5 months ago

Varejao has a torn left Achilles and will miss the remainder of the season, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Varejao's loss is a big blow to the Cavaliers, who have been one of the leagues hottest teams of late. The big man was averaging 9.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 25 minutes this season, bu now his minutes will be shifted elsewhere. Tristan Thompson likely figures to be the biggest beneficiary of the unfortunate injury.

Anderson Varejao PF/C CLE 5 months ago

Varejao (leg) will not return to Tuesday's game against the Timberwolves, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Varejao wasn't able to put any pressure on his left leg when he left the court Tuesday. It's still unclear which part of his leg was hurting and further testing Wednesday will likely unveil exactly what type of situation Varejao is dealing with. If he's ultimately forced to miss time off the court, Tristan Thompson would almost certainly see an immediate bump in value.

Anderson Varejao PF/C CLE 5 months ago

Varejao left Tuesday's game against Minnesota with an injury to his left leg, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Varejao had to be carried off the court as he was unable to put any weight on his left leg. Considering that the game is in the second half and his injury looked to be serious, it would be somewhat surprising if he returned to Tuesday's game.

Anderson Varejao PF/C CLE 5 months ago

Varejao scored 18 points (9-12 FG) with seven rebounds and two steals in 27 minutes in the win over the Grizzlies on Sunday.

Varejao has only scored in double digits twice in December. He continues to start, but is playing just 22.2 minutes this month. He is a good rebounder on a per minute basis, but Varejao is only playable in deeper leagues.

Anderson Varejao PF/C CLE 6 months ago

Varejao had nine points (4-11 FG, 1-1 FT) with six rebounds in 27 minutes in the loss to the Thunder on Thursday.

Varejao has been ceding minutes to Tristan Thompson and has not topped 20 minutes twice in his last five games (also due to foul trouble). He has only topped six rebounds once in his last five games.

Anderson Varejao PF/C CLE 6 months ago

Varejao (ribs) returned from a one-game absence and provided eight points (4-8 FG) and eight rebounds in 27 minutes in the win over the Bucks on Tuesday.

Varejao missed the Cavs' win over Indiana, but played his normal complement of minutes in the competitive win over Milwaukee. He should be good for his season averages of 10.9 points on 61.1 percent from the field and 6.9 rebounds.

Anderson Varejao PF/C CLE 6 months ago

Varejao (ribs) will start at center Tuesday versus Milwaukee, CF Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Tristan Thompson got the start at center against the Pacers on Saturday, but coach David Blatt announced he'll go back to Varejao, who missed the Indiana game with bruised ribs. Varejao is riding a five-game double-digit scoring streak and is shooting a career-best 61.1 percent from the field, up from 49.5 percent last season.