The Scoop: Varejao played just nine minutes in his first game action in a month Saturday night, but will see his minutes trend upward as he gets into game shape. "We will gradually increase his minutes," coach Mike Brown said. "We haven't talked about what his minutes restriction will be come Wednesday night. We'll keep evaluating it." With Spencer Hawes playing strong ball as of late, Varejao will struggle to approach his 32.7 minute average from January, but he can still help owners in deeper leagues who are in desperate need of rebounds and blocks.
The Scoop:Varejao may only play one stint as the Cavs' priority is avoiding any setbacks. Mike Brown has already said that he intends to keep Spencer Hawes in the starting lineup, further limiting Varejao's rest-of-season upside, but he should at least provide solid rebounds and a handful of high-percentage points once his conditioning returns.
Anderson Varejao played nine minutes in his return to the lineup on Saturday with four points and three rebounds against the Knicks.
The Scoop:He missed 11 games due to his back injury and he obviously isn't all the way back yet. Varejao wasn't his usual active self and he seemed apprehensive on chasing down rebounds tonight. The Cavs seem like they're going to give Spencer Hawes the lion's share of the minutes at center. Fantasy owners can probably leave AV on the wire in most cases since he's going to be rusty for a week or two.
The Scoop:Varejao isn't even traveling with the Cavaliers to Charlotte and his status for Saturday's game is very much in doubt. The Cavs have been tight-lipped about Varejao's injury and they continue to list him as day-to-day, but his lengthy absence may be part of the reason they traded for new starting center Spencer Hawes.
The Scoop:He said he didn't know if he can even take on contact for Thursday's practice and there is no plan on him getting into the game on Friday. Varejao added that he would love to play, but did seem a bit somber in the interview. We'd consider him doubtful for Friday especially with the Cavs playing a back-to-back against the Knicks on Saturday.
The Scoop:When asked if there was a chance that Varejao would play, Cavaliers coach Mike Brown said, "Slim. Slim chance. Most likely not, but we'll see." Varejao has missed 10 games with his back injury and will return to a frontcourt that now includes Spencer Hawes. Mike Brown has said that Hawes will likely remain in the starting lineup, so Varejao's owners should expect a dip in his production when he does return.
The Scoop:He was already considered doubtful so this shouldn't take anyone by surprise, and it means Spencer Hawes will continue to hold down the center spot with help from backup Tyler Zeller. Varejao has been slowly increasing his activity this week and should be considered questionable for Friday's road game in Charlotte.
The Scoop:He was on the court again during Monday's practice but his ailing back is still too painful for a return. Spencer Hawes has been playing well as the Cavs' starting center, and coach Mike Brown has continually praised his shooting range and passing, so the Cavs are even more likely to protect Varejao with a limited bench role when he does return.
The Scoop:The move makes sense for the Cavs. Varejao's knee injury will likely take some time before he can get back into the swing of things and he's also logged plenty of minutes at power forward off the bench back when Andrew Bynum was on the team. It sounds like Hawes should be able to hold solid value the rest of the way with his new team.
Mar 3 12:00 ET
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