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Anderson Varejao develops blood clot, now out for season

Jan 21, 2013, 11:21 AM EDT

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The hits just keep on coming for the Cleveland Cavaliers. First it was Kyrie Irving missing the first third of the season, now this.

Anderson Varejao, the Cavaliers big man who was playing at an All-Star level (14.1 points and 14.4 rebounds a game), had knee surgery a couple weeks ago that was expected to keep him out six to eight weeks.

Now he is out for the season, the team announced Monday.

Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao recently developed a blood clot (small right lower lung pulmonary embolism) and was admitted to the Cleveland Clinic last Thursday (January 17th). He is being treated with blood thinners (anticoagulants) and is expected to stay at the Clinic for several days, while undergoing treatment and observation. He will need to remain on blood thinning medication for approximately three months. While Varejao is expected to fully recover, he will miss the remainder of the current Cavaliers season.

Ouch.

So, you can cross Varejao off your trade scenarios list for the next few weeks. Maybe next summer if he is healthy, he has two years and $18.7 million left on his contract.

  1. dannymac17 - Jan 21, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    But i thought he was trade bait?

    I thought they wanted Deandre Jordan and Eric Bledsoe for him?

    The Clippers front office should call the Cavs and just laugh and if they hang up call back and do the same thing over and over.

    • lmoneyfresh - Jan 21, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      I don’t get what you’re going after here? That the Cavs (before knowing of the potentially serious issue) wanted a good haul for one of their best players? Oh man, how dare they?

      • eventhorizon04 - Jan 21, 2013 at 12:21 PM

        It’s pretty clear that the kid doesn’t know how trade negotiations work.

        You begin the negotiation by asking for a high price, then you began working your way closer to the other teams’ demands.

        And no front office in the NBA (not even the Clippers’) is stupid enough to take it personally and repeatedly prank call another front office just because trade negotiations never went anywhere.

      • dannymac17 - Jan 21, 2013 at 1:30 PM

        Who the hell would even enter into negotiations with an injured player?

        get outta here cornballs.

      • slowclyde86 - Jan 21, 2013 at 8:34 PM

        Danny might not be playing with a full deck. Dude, the trade request with the clips was pre injury.

  2. bougin89 - Jan 21, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Dang, Varejao is one of my favorite non-Bucks players. Sucks to see this.

  3. mgscott - Jan 21, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Cavs saving him for the return of lebron ?

  4. abchome - Jan 21, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    It’s unfortunate, get well!

  5. 00maltliquor - Jan 21, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    That loud sound people in Cleveland just heard was Andy V’s stock crashing!

    Naw, but in all seriousness this sucks on multiple levels. As a fan it sucks for us because he was really having a great season, and should have gotten his first All-Star nod with hustle and hard work that we can all appriciate.

    As a person this sucks ’cause blood clots are freaking scary if you don’t catch them right away. My wife got one in her lung a week after we had our first child last year in July and on the same day we were finally able to bring our son home from the NICU (a whole ‘nother story!) and could have died. Heck, she’s STILL on those dang blood thinners (she’s on Coumadin -I think that’s how u spell it-), so for Anderson, 3 months should be a breeze!

    Get well soon AV, for real man. Good luck.

  6. eltrilliardo - Jan 21, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    What the blood clot?

  7. aldavis4president - Jan 21, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    @dannymac you have no clue what your talking about. I should prank call you and laugh at you over and over.

    • dannymac17 - Jan 21, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      Look at the tough guy.

      “I should prank call you”

      and i should ignore anything you say from here on out.

      • nsideindy - Jan 21, 2013 at 1:56 PM

        That’s really cute…half a decent season in their entire existence and now Clip fans want to be cocky.

  8. acdc363 - Jan 21, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Man I really wish this dude could stay healthy! He’s a fantasy goldmine!

  9. Chris Fiorentino - Jan 22, 2013 at 7:00 AM

    What is it with Cleveland and bad medical procedures? Didn’t the Cleveland Browns have those issues with staph infections a few years back. Now dude has simple knee procedure and next thing you know he has blood clot on his lung??? Coincidence??

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