Reporting Matt Loede
INDEPENDENCE, OH (92.3 The Fan) – As one would expect, the news on Cavaliers center Andy Varejao is not good.
The Cavaliers have announced that Varejao will have surgery on January 10th at the Cleveland Clinic, and will miss six to eight weeks.
“Very disappointed, more so for Andy than anything else,” Cavs coach Byron Scott said Wednesday. “For the team we are losing one of our best guys on and off the floor.
“He’s the heart and soul of our basketball team, it’s a big time blow for us.”
The way the injury was explained by the Cavaliers PR was that it’s a split of the muscle in the knee. So it’s being considered a “knee contusion with a muscle split.”
The center was injured in the Cavs loss to the Raptors at home back on December 18th, and has not played since. It was stated after the injury he had a right knee contusion.
Varejao is averaging 14.1 points and 14.4 rebounds. He remains the NBA’s leading rebounder.
This is now the third straight major injury for Varejao.
He missed 41 games last season after breaking his wrist. Two years ago, he tore a ligament in his foot while running in practice and missed 51 games.
“Just trying to keep him in the best of spirits because he’s so disappointed because it’s been three straight years with some type of injury,” Scott said.