Reporting Daryl Ruiter
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) — Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao will miss his fourth straight game because of a bruised right knee the team announced Tuesday.
Varejao will not travel with the team to Washington for Wednesday night’s game against the Wizards.
Varejao, who leads the NBA in rebounding with 14.4 per game, remained in Cleveland for Saturday night’s win in Milwaukee that saw the wine and gold snap a 6-game slide.
Rookie Tyler Zeller has replaced Varejao, who sustained the injury last week against Toronto, in the starting lineup.
Coach Byron Scott said last week that they would be cautious with Varejao because it’s better to miss 3 or 4 games rather than 30 or 40.
The team also announced that they claimed guard Shaun Livingston off waivers from the Washington Wizards.
To make room for Livingston, who was waived by Washington on Sunday, Dec. 23rd, the Cavaliers waived guard Donald Sloan.
Livingston, 27, appeared in 17 games – 4 starts – for the Wizards where he averaged 3.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 18.8 minutes per game. He averages 6.6 points on .457 shooting, 2.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 22.4 minutes over 8 seasons.
Sloan averaged 4.1 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 20 games this season for Cleveland.