Reports: Anderson Varejao out for the season

VIDEO: Anderson Varejao suffers a torn Achilles vs. the Timberwolves

HANG TIME HQ — Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao will miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn left Achilles, according to a report from the Cleveland Plain-Dealer‘s Chris Haynes:

Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao is out for the season after tearing the Achilles’ tendon in his left leg, a league source confirmed to Northeast Ohio Media Group.

The injury happened in the third quarter of Tuesday night’s 125-104 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. After battling for the ball under the Cavs’ offensive basket, he fell to the floor and was down for an extended time. After being helped to his feet, he walked to the locker room and tried to avoid putting weight on his left leg.

Varejao posted averages of 9.8 points and 6.5 rebounds in 26 games this season and has been effective scoring on pick-and-roll plays with LeBron James.

After Tuesday’s game, Cavs coach David Blatt said: “He has an ankle injury of some sort,” Blatt said. “I really don’t know right now.”

Varejao left The Q with his leg in an air cast and underwent an MRI on Wednesday morning.

Varejao injured his leg during Cleveland’s 125-104 win over Minnesota on Tuesday night. The 32-year-old Varejao was in his 11th season with the Cavs, and was averaging 9.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Varejao was also Cleveland’s best interior defender through their 17-10 start.

Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reports on how the move may affect the Cavs’ roster going forward:

For Varejao, it is another in a series of leg injuries that have curtailed his career with the Cavaliers. For the team, it is a devastating loss of its best interior defender and a tested playoff performer. The Cavaliers will intensify what had already been a determined search for a center who can help protect the rim.

The loss of Varejao will move Tristan Thompson into the starting lineup for Cleveland.


  1. alli says:

    Trade to pacers

  2. Indiana'sownLarryBird says:

    The Cavs should trade Love and Irving, for Anthony Davis…

  3. harriethehawk says:

    Unfortunate for the Cavaliers that he was just signed for 3 more years. He has been very injury prone. That’s sad for him and them. Best wishes

  4. acet93 says:

    This could prove problematic for the already struggling Cavaliers since he is a big part of the team.

  5. General Manager says:

    I still can’t believe the Cavs signed this guy for 3 years, 30 million. There is no way that he is worth that much… Rebounding is the only thing he does well and didn’t they just trade for KLove? So rebounding should have never been a problem. The Cavs needed a shot blocking big badly. Now they are stuck with a season ending (maybe career ending) injury and a bad contract on a team using the ‘Big 3’ formula. Good Luck!

  6. This is bad, bad news for Cavalier’s hope of winning championship

  7. dustydreamnz says:

    Apart from chemistry and defensive issues, this is another problem for the Cavs, they have a squad full of players with a history of getting injured. Obviously Varejao, Love, Irving, Waiters, Dellevadova, Miller.
    Varejao was their best interior defender so what’s the defence going to be like now?

  8. Ppp says:

    Bad, quick recovery, big man

  9. bob says:

    What’s up with all these injuries? Way too many games, not enough rest.

  10. TheKush says:

    at his size @ 32 years old that might be all she wrote… get well soon brah