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Anderson Varejao | Center/Forward

Team: Cleveland Cavaliers
Age / DOB:  (32) / 9/28/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'11' / 267
College: None
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Anderson Varejao (Achilles) is progressing well and is expected to be ready in time for training camp according to Cavaliers general manger David Griffin.
"Andy, similarly, feels very good," Griffin said. "He actually wanted to try to dress in the Finals and wasn't real happy that we didn't let him to do it. So, I anticipate he'll be ready for the start of camp." It's definitely a good sign that Varejao wanted to play in the postseason, but the Cavs did the right thing by not risking his health. Varejao is a tenacious rebounder and his energy level will never be a question mark, but his injury history is too extensive for owners in standard leagues to take a chance on him. Jul 12 - 9:49 AM

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Anderson Varejao (Achilles) will not return for the NBA Finals.

Despite the Cavs never suggesting anything along the lines of Varejao returning, the chatter continues. We're here to squash it. It's not happening.
Jun 8 - 9:55 AM

Anderson Varejao (Achilles) will not return at any point in the NBA Finals.

There was an earlier report that AV could be back, but there's really no point with how well Tristan Thompson is playing. Plus, Varejao has become one of the more injury prone players in the NBA. Expect Thompson and Timofey Mozgov to hold down the paint.
May 29 - 2:09 PM

Brian Windhorst is reporting that Anderson Varejao (Achilles) could be activated during the Finals in the event of an emergency.

Cavs' GM David Griffin said back in April that he didn't even believe it was a "remote possibility" that Varejao could return this postseason, so this report should be viewed with some skepticism. Windhorst does say that Varejao will only play on an emergency basis, so it sounds like as long as Timofey Mozgov and Tristan Thompson are healthy, we're not going to see Varejao activated.
May 29 - 9:38 AM

Cavaliers general manager David Griffin said an Anderson Varejao (Achilles) return to during the playoffs is not a possibility.

With the news that Kevin Love will likely miss the rest of the playoffs, Griffin said "I don't believe that's even a remote possibility" when asked about the potential of Varejao returning for the playoffs. With both Love and Varejao out, the Cavs will look to Tristan Thompson to fill the large void as they look to advance in the Eastern Conference bracket.
Apr 28 - 12:42 PM

Anderson Varejao (Achilles) believes that his rehab is ahead of schedule and he expects to be ready for the start of next season.

Varejao has shed his walking boot and has been active in the weight room, but he reportedly still can't push off his left foot. We will continue to track his progress very closely, and hopefully he will be ready in time for training camp next season. Varejao will turn 33 soon and injuries have forced his season to end prematurely in four out of the past five seasons, so obviously his stock is pretty low right now.
Mar 21 - 10:49 AM

Anderson Varejao is reportedly progressing well from his torn Achilles, but he will remain sidelined for the 2014-15 regular-season as well as the playoffs.

There was really no way Varejao was going to return this year given the severity of his injury, but it's nice to know he hasn't suffered any setbacks in his recovery. We'll continue to monitor Varejao closely in his recovery, and hopefully he's able to join his teammates in training camp next season.
Mar 10 - 4:00 PM

The Cavaliers have been granted a $4.9 million Disabled Player Exception for Anderson Varejao, who will miss the remainder of the season due to Achilles surgery.

Varejao's absence has thrust Tristan Thompson into a featured role at center, but their frontcourt remains perilously thin. It wouldn't be surprising to see them pick up a big man to relieve Thompson and Kevin Love, but fantasy owners aren't likely to benefit from any low-level transactions.
Wed, Dec 31, 2014 06:11:00 PM

Anderson Varejao underwent surgery on Friday to repair his torn Achilles and he will miss the remainder of the 2014-15 season.

The Cavs surprised everyone by starting Shawn Marion, and not Tristan Thompson, on Christmas but Thompson ended up playing more minutes during that game anyway. It seems like only a matter of time until Thompson finds himself in the starting lineup, and for that reason he should be owned in all leagues.
Fri, Dec 26, 2014 05:49:00 PM

The Cavs are reportedly doing their due diligence but are in no rush to find a replacement for Anderson Varejao (Achilles).

The Cavs are reportedly intrigued by going with a small ball lineup, so it appears nothing is imminent on the trade front. Tristan Thompson looks to be the primary beneficiary with Varejao being ruled out for the rest of the season, and he should be owned in all leagues.
Thu, Dec 25, 2014 05:00:00 PM

Anderson Varejao suffered a torn Achilles tendon during Tuesday's game and has been ruled out for the rest of the season.

This is terrible news for the Cavaliers and we wish Varejao all the best. This leaves Cleveland incredibly thin in their frontcourt and we expect them to be very aggressive in the trade market following this news. Tristan Thompson will likely step into the starting lineup and should be owned in all leagues.
Wed, Dec 24, 2014 12:17:00 PM

According to a source close to Anderson Varejao, his ankle injury does not look good at all and he is currently having an MRI.

This report comes from Adrian Wojnarowski, so there is definitely some credibility here. We should know the severity of the injury very shortly after the MRI, so we won't speculate as to what is going on. Stay tuned.
Wed, Dec 24, 2014 10:32:00 AM

The Cavaliers are concerned that Anderson Varejao may have injured his left Achilles during Tuesday's game, according to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today.

Varejao collapsed under the basket on Tuesday and couldn't put any weight on his leg while being helped off the court. He had a walking boot and crutches while leaving the arena and all signs point to an extended absence, but the Cavs have yet to officially diagnose the injury. Tristan Thompson should start at center if Varejao misses any games, though a long-term injury could prompt them to explore the trade market for available centers. Varejao should undergo further testing on Wednesday, so check back soon for updates.
Wed, Dec 24, 2014 01:41:00 AM

Anderson Varejao (ankle) was seen in a walking boot after Tuesday's game and was also using crutches.

Coach David Blatt said that he was dealing with some type of ankle issue and that he would be re-evaluated on Wednesday morning. It looks like Varejao may see some time on the sidelines so owners would be wise to have a backup plan ready. Tristan Thompson would likely draw the start on Thursday if Varejao can't play. Stay tuned.
Tue, Dec 23, 2014 09:50:00 PM

Anderson Varejao was helped to the Cavaliers' locker room after injuring his left leg/ankle during Tuesday's game, and will not return.

He collapsed under the basket and wasn't able to put any weight on his left leg as he headed off the court. The Cavaliers will re-evaluate him on Wednesday so owners will want to check back for updates. Tristan Thompson would likely shift into the starting lineup if the injury prevents Varejao from playing during Cleveland's back-to-back games on Thursday and Friday.
Tue, Dec 23, 2014 08:39:00 PM

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C1Timofey Mozgov
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