Anderson Varejao is ready to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers after the Brazilian has been cleared by team doctors, declaring him ready when the Cavs open training camp in October.
According to Terry Pluto from cleveland.com, the 30-year old forward-center is finally healthy from various injuries, including leg problems (quadriceps) and blood clots.
In the 2012-13 regular season, Varejao missed 57 games and in the last three seasons he has missed a total of 149 games and only played in 81.
While considered injury-prone by many, Varejao has been very effective in the times he actually played.
In 25 games in the 2011-12 regular season, he averaged 10.8 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. Last year, he bumped up those averages to an even more impressive 14.1 points and 14.3 rebounds per game, although he once again played in just another 25 games.
When Varejao finally returns to Cleveland’s roster, he’d see a different, improved depth in the front court rotation after the Cavaliers acquired a bunch of big men in the offseason.
The 7’0” center Andrew Bynum signed with the team on a 2-year $24M deal and 6-foot-8 forward Anthony Bennett was drafted 1st overall by the Cavs in the 2013 NBA Draft.
This is in addition of course to 2012’s starting power forward in Tristan Thompson, who logged in 11.7 PPG and 9.4 RPG in full 82 games.
Varejao’s value to the Cavs is both on the court and off it. He’s set to receive $9.1M for the 2013-14 season and another $9.8M for 2014-15.
The good news for the Cavs front office is that the latter contract is a team option, which means that they can clear off Varejao’s salary off the cap or exercise that option and use him as trade bait either this season or next.
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