NBA Report: Cavs’ Anderson Varejao cleared for training camp

Anderson Varejao has reportedly been cleared for all basketball activities as the Cleveland Cavaliers approach training camp, per Terry Pluto’s latest column in The Plain Dealer.

The 30-year-old has played a total of 82 games in the past three seasons. This past year, he initially went on the disabled list in mid-November, then the team announced that he had developed a blood clot in the hospital in mid-January. He missed the rest of the 2012-13 campaign.

The Cavaliers brought back head coach Mike Brown this offseason, along with the additions of No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett, Andrew Bynum and Earl Clark. As Pluto advises in his article, it would be wise for the Cavs to limit Varejao’s minutes throughout the season upon his return so as to avoid any possible injury issues again.

In his last 82 games, Varejao has averaged 12.2 points and 12.7 rebounds per 36 minutes with 50.3% shooting. He was playing at an All-Star level before his injury this past year.

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  • The_Real_Shamrock

    What’s the over/under on number of games played this season?

  • Wow


  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I think a few more only because they have so many big men that Varejao won’t have to play as much, I hope.

  • Wow

    30 it is!

  • Kildawg

    If Bynum is healthy then Varejao is relegated to the bench with Jack, Bennett, and Clark. Karasev and Zeller 3rd stringers. Plus the guys in the D-League complete the roster.

  • Jay

    Here’s to one more season of getting to wear my Andy wig to the Q. For the first couple weeks anyway….