Varejao dresses, gets DNP in home finale (Apr 17 12:00 ET )
Anderson Varejao was dressed and ready to play to make one final appearance in front of his home fans on Wednesday, but was left on the bench by coach Mike Brown, who simply chose not to play Varejao in a meaningless blowout win over the Nets. .
The Scoop: That was likely Varejao's last game as a Cavalier and Brown also failed to play Zydrunas Ilgauskas back in 2009 on a night he would have broken the team's all-time games played record, a move that drew the public ire of LeBron James at the time. Michael Curry also points out that Brown, in fact, has never really made a true "significant relationship" with one of his players in his entire career. While Brown is a respected NBA coach, his treatment of Ilgauskas and Varejao will not go unnoticed by some players around the league and could impact Cleveland's ability to sign free agents at some point down the line.
The Scoop:Surprisingly, he only needed one game on the sidelines to recover from his AC joint sprain. Varejao is one of the more injury prone players in the NBA, so he's still a risky player to use tonight or even pick up. Tyler Zeller's fantasy value takes a hit here.
Anderson Varejao returned after a one-game absence on Friday with nine points, five boards, two assists and one foul in 24 minutes.
The Scoop:His injury to his AC joint in his right shoulder looked serious over the weekend, and it was a mild surprise to see him back so soon. Varejao could be looking at a double-double average the rest of the way, but that's a bit of an optimistic outlook. He's a low-upside, high-risk player for owners in deeper leagues.
The Scoop:The Cavs have won six of their past seven games and trail the eighth-place Knicks by only two games, so Varejao may press the issue to help his team keep up their momentum. He'll play limited minutes in a reserve role, as he has since Spencer Hawes was acquired, so there's minimal upside here for fantasy owners.
The Cavaliers have signed free-agent swingman Scotty Hopson for the remainder of the season, a move that will give them flexibility in summer free agency. Hopson's deal includes a non-guaranteed team option for next season. The 6-foot-7 Hopson, who has spent the past three years playing overseas, will get the $2.5 million exception this season and his second season is worth about $1.44 million. His contract, along with the guard Alonzo Gee's non-guaranteed deal next season and forward Anderson Varejao's partially guaranteed deal for 2015, gives the Cavs trade options as they try to rebuild.
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving has been cleared to resume full contact practice. He has not played since suffering a strained left biceps tendon during the team's March 16th game at the Los Angeles Clippers. Irving's status for the team's two-game road trip to Orlando on Wednesday and Atlanta on Friday will be determined on a day to day practice. Center Anderson Varejao has been ruled out against the Magic due to a sprained AC joint sprain in his right shoulder suffered against the Indiana Pacers on Sunday.
The Scoop:There's a decent chance he's out for the season, but there is no timetable given on his possible return just yet. The AC joint allows a player to raise his hands above his head, which is obviously a very important thing to do when grabbing rebounds. Varejao suffered the injury on Sunday and he was not able to return. There is no reason to own in him in almost any format. Tyler Zeller fill AV's spot in the rotation while Tristan Thompson and Spencer Hawes should see a few extra minutes.
An MRI on Varejao's shoulder revealed a sprained AC joint.
The Scoop:The 6-foot-11 Varejao will not play Wednesday against the Magic and the team said his status beyond that will be updated later.
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