According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Anderson Varejao is officially cleared and ready to go come training camp.
I hear that Anderson Varejao was been cleared for all basketball activities when the Cavs open training camp in a few weeks. Varejao missed 57 games last season because of a leg injury followed by blood clots. In the last three seasons, he has played only 81 games … and missed 149 … due to various injuries. So it’s hard to count on him.
The 6-foot-10 Varejao will turn 31 on September 28. Naturally, he will have some trade value if he can stay healthy. But the Cavs want him to set the defensive tone inside, especially getting back to the excellent team-style defense that he played for [Mike Brown]. While he was a monster on the boards under [Byron Scott], his team defense (switching off his man to defend the hoop) suffered. Of course, that was an issue for the entire team.
Varejao was sidelined last December with a knee injury, but it was a developed blot clot in his “small right lower lung pulmonary embolism” that forced him to miss the remainder of the 2012-13 NBA season. Prior to his injuries, Varejao was having his best season of his career statistically, averaging 14.1 points and 14.4 rebounds in the 25 games he played last season.
The vast majority believed (hoped) that Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo would be ready for the start of the season, but according to CSN New England that has changed a bit.
Shortly after Rondo’s injury, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge stated that Rondo would be back for the start of the season. While there hasn’t been a delay in his recovery, Rondo’s timetable looks more and more like he will miss all of the preseason as well as some regular-season games.
With the Celtics in all-out rebuilding mode (aka tanking mode), it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world to miss the beginning of the regular season. He could always go the Derrick Rose route and take the year off.
Wait, Rose isn’t back yet?
H/T: CBS Sports