Scrappy, steady center Anderson Varejao is done for the season with a torn ankle tendon that will require surgery, another major blow to the bottoming-out Cavs, who are not close to recovering after star LeBron James left as a free agent last summer.
“It’s a big blow,” first-year coach Byron Scott said in Phoenix before the Cavaliers played the Suns. “Arguably, he’s been our best player.”
Without a shadow of doubt … Varejao has been the Cavs best player.
Anderson Varejao is going to be a huge loss for Cleveland. He was the only above average defensive player playing regular minutes on their roster. Their anchor. The only thing that allowed them to (somewhat) compete on that end of the floor.
Now, without Varejao, Cleveland becomes one of the bottom defensive teams in the league while also remaining one of the bottom teams offensively. In terms of overall quality, the Cavs are a 10-12 win caliber team without Varejao in the lineup.
It is going to be a long, long finish to the season for Cavs fans.