Anderson Varejao has a tore tendon in his right ankle and is lost for the rest of the season, the Cavaliers announced today.
Varejao had a second MRI on the ankle this morning, which revealed the tear. He had an MRI before the team plane departed on Thursday, but the details were fuzzy because of the inflammation. The Cavs had been hesitant to give any sort of timeframe on Varejao's recovery and this was why. They were waiting on the results of the second MRI.
Varejao injured the ankle at Thursday's practice during running drills. He was never even touched.
The Cavs are suddenly incredibly thin in the middle. Powe is sidelined for at least six weeks following surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee and now Varejao has been lost for the season. It leaves the Cavs with Ryan Hollins as the only true center on the team, although both Samardo Samuels and J.J. Hickson can play there when necessary.
Varejao was the anchor to the Cavs' defense and enjoying a breakthrough season in his first year as a full-time starter. He was averaging career highs of 9.1 points and 9.7 rebounds.
The Cavs will most certainly have to start shopping for another big, even though they have 15 guaranteed contracts already on the roster. The most likely to be cut would be Alonzo Gee or perhaps even Jamario Moon.