Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao likely out for the season with torn Achilles tendon

December 24, 2014

The Cleveland Cavaliers' frontline was dealt a blow today, as the team announced that an MRI taken this morning at the Cleveland Clinic Sports Health revealed that center Anderson Varejao has a torn left Achilles tendon.

Varejao suffered the injury during the third quarter of last night’s game at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

It is anticipated that Varejao will miss the remainder of the 2014-15 season, but a timetable for his return to basketball activity will be developed after he has surgery in the near future to repair the injury and his rehabilitation process is established.

As for what this means for the Cavs, it certainly undercuts their frontline depth.  Varejao, along with LeBron James and Kevin Love, were expected to form a dominant rebounding trio in Cleveland's starting lineup, but now the Cavs will have to adjust on the fly.

Expect power forward Tristan Thompson to step in and replace Varejao in the starting unit until the team can make a move for another big man.  Thompson is a good rebounder as well, but lacks the height of Varejao and will be playing out of position at center.

Varejao, valued for his defense, energy, and overall team play, had recently signed a three-year contract extension with Cleveland.

By Staff of and news services

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