The Cleveland Cavs announced today that center Anderson Varejao well undergo knee surgery in Thursday January 10th on his right knee to repair a split in his vastus medialis.
Varejao had been out since December 18th with what was initially diagnosed as a knee contusion.
After weeks of rehabbing an MRI showed that the split was worsening and tissue underneath the tear was herniating and pinching with movement of the kneee.
After a second opinion, the Cavs and Varejao decided it was best to move forward with surgery now.
In the last three seasons, including the current one, Varejao had played a total 81 games. 25 this season and last (2011-2012) and 31 games in 2010-211. While very talented, if Varejao can’t stay on the court he proves to have little value for a youthful Cavs team.
His injuries coincide with his minute increase, over the last 3 seasons he’s averaged 33 minutes. In his previous 6 seasons he averaged 23 minutes, with his guest highest being 28.5 minutes per game.
Varejao was having his best and most complete season averaging 14.1 points, 14.4 rebounds 3.4 assist and shooting 47% from the field.