Anderson Varejao returned to the Cavaliers for this morning's shootaround, but he isn't expected to play in tonight's preseason game against Washington.
Varejao returned to Brazil last week for his grandfather's funeral. Coach Byron Scott is expected to bring him along slowly while Varejao's injured right ankle heals, he learns the new offense and he gets in proper condition. Scott isn't expecting him to play at Houson on Sunday or at Dallas on Monday, either.
"He looked great and it was good to see him," Scott said. "Obviously we're going to bring him along slowly and get him up to speed conditioning-wise and what we're doing on both ends of the floor."
The bigger issue might be Varejao's ankle, which he injured over the summer during the FIBA World Championship. Scott conceded it's still a little tender. Varejao probably won't be put back out until it's close to 100 percent.
"I want him to be right," Scott said. "The worst thing we could do right now is try to bring him back too soon. When you're not in the type of condition you need to be in, that's when a lot of guys get hurt."