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Anderson Varejao to have knee surgery, out 6-8 weeks

Jan 9, 2013, 11:47 AM EDT

Anderson Varejao AP

This is bad for Cleveland.

Anderson Varejao was having an All-Star level season — 14.1 points and 14.4 rebounds a game, carrying more offense and playing good defense. He has a PER of 22. All that was making him attractive to other teams, and for a rebuilding Cavaliers team they might have been able to make a good trade shipping him out.

Not anymore.

Varejao will undergo knee surgery on Thursday and be out six to eight weeks, the team announced Wednesday.

That will pretty much kill his trade value. Teams may still poke around but the value of their offer goes way down.

Varejao had been diagnosed with a bruised right knee that would cost him a couple weeks, and he did have that, but the MRIs revealed a small split in the vastus medialis, the “teadrop” muscle in the thigh that connects to the knee. That small tear was herniating and leading to other complications, which led both the team doctor and a specialist to recommend surgery.

The Cavaliers can’t catch an injury break. Kyrie Irving missed most of the start of the season although his return hasn’t brought a lot of wins, the Cavs have lost six of their last seven. Now this. Look for a lot more Tyler Zeller, but that is a pretty big drop off from the level Varejao was playing at.

Just a rough season in Cleveland.

  1. tampajoey - Jan 9, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Terrible news. Andy is a beast on the boards with relentless energy and a great guy.

    Get well soon. Go Cavs!

  2. andyhr17 - Jan 9, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    This is really going to hurt their playoff chances.

  3. onereasonableman - Jan 9, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    This stinks for the fans, the team and Andy!

    He is a class guy. The other night was Andy V wig night at the Q. We were getting onto an elevator at the Q when someone ripped the wig out of my kid’s hands. I turned around getting ready to fight someone over a stupid wig and to my surprise there was Andy with a huge smile on his face. He tossed the wig back and kept going. The kids couldn’t stop talking about it.

    Good luck Andy!

  4. pacodawg - Jan 9, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    I think they need new doctors. Bone bruise to surgery? They dropped the ball in their testing

  5. wwttww - Jan 9, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    …and I just traded for him. DOH!

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