Anderson Varejao remains out; will not play Wednesday

Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao remains listed as “out” and will not play in Wednesday night’s contest against the Atlanta Hawks.

Originally slated to miss one or two games with what was being called a bruised knee — he listed as a game-time decision on December 19 — Varejao will now miss what is his 11th straight contest with a knee contusion.

The 30-year old is averaging 14.1 points and 14.4 rebounds per game and has been the subject of recent trade rumors. He participated in non-contact drills during the team’s practice on December 31, but was not on the practice court for the team’s work on Tuesday afternoon. Tyler Zeller will continue to start in his place.

“I’m still optimistic that he will be able to play this year,” Byron Scott said following Tuesday’s practice.

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  • ThatAlex

    Byron Scott’s comments on Varejao today:

    “I’m still trying to be very optimistic that he’ll be able to play, I just don’t know when,” Scott said. “I hope I’m not talking like it’s long term or for the season, I’m still optimistic he’ll be able to play THIS YEAR until the doctors tell me something different.” (caps lock emphasis, mine)

    Obviously this is something more serious than a knee bruise, as previously reported. I hope we haven’t missed the boat on the trade front with Andy.

  • mgbode

    I don’t think teams would have wanted to trade for him until closer to the deadline. I sure wish he could stay healthy (whether or not we trade him)

  • thenoclist

    This year? Uh, what?

  • ThatAlex

    There was a rumor not even 2 days ago that Minnesota was interested in Andy for Pekovic and Derrick Williams, which (if true) is a deal I would have jumped all over even before this news today.

  • mgbode

    but, that rumor was traced back to an article where a writer was spitballing ideas and was taken off as a true rumor.

  • As soon as he gets back and begins producing again trade him for whatever you can get. If the rumors you have reported in the last several weeks are true, there are still teams willing to pay a decent price for the big guy. More injuries like this one will do nothing but lower that price.

    I love Andy as much as any Cavs fan, but his body is clearly beginning to break down on him and I doubt he’ll be in any shape to contribute to contribute to a contending team several years down the road.

  • Jack

    Why would Byron say that? Seriously. Is he TRYING to get fired? That’s not rhetorical. Someone, please…is that what he’s doing?

  • Jaker

    I love Andy, I really do, but if we hold onto him, we would be taking a bigger risk than trading him. He gets injured often, and correct me if I’m wrong, they seem to be different injuries. If the Pek and Williams deal is a possibility (yes it’s a false rumor, but it seems realistic in theory) we should pull the trigger. Williams has tremendous upside and Pek is a solid Center.

    I feel like not trading him will result in more regrets than if we actually deal him