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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.

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