Anderson Varejao Done For Season

The big man for the Cavs may be lucky to be alive.

Josh Helmuthby Josh Helmuth

Cleveland center, Anderson Varejao, has been enjoying a solid season. Averaging over 14 points and 14 rebounds per game, Varejao is currently ranked the No. 3 best center in my NBA fantasy league after filtering results that doesn't count missed-games played. Now there are reports his season is over.

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The Cavaliers' hustling center, who led the NBA in rebounding before he went down last month with what appeared to be nothing more than a bruised knee, remained hospitalized Monday with a blood clot in his lower right lung, a health scare that will force him to miss the rest of this season.

Varejao, who underwent surgery on a torn leg muscle on Jan. 10, has been at The Cleveland Clinic since last Thursday. The Cavs said he will likely remain in the hospital for several more days as he receives treatment. Varejao is expected to make a full recovery, but he will remain on blood thinning medications for at least three months, the team said Monday.

Varejao was having an All-Star-caliber season before he injured his leg on Dec. 18 against Toronto. Team doctors initially diagnosed the injury as a bruise and expected Varejao to make a quick recovery. However, tests revealed an uncommon split in his quadriceps muscle which required an operation. Varejao was expected to be out eight weeks before he developed the blood clot following the surgery.

Varejao was averaging 14.4 rebounds and 14.1 points in 25 games before he got hurt. There wasn't a center in the Eastern Conference playing better than the fun-loving 30-year-old, who has developed into much more than a competent reserve — when he's healthy.

If he had been able to keep playing, there's little doubt Varejao, acquired by Cleveland in 2004 in a trade with Orlando, would have been named an All-Star reserve this week.

If you're looking for a fantasy fill, the Cavs will now give plenty of playing time to Tristan Thompson and Tyler Zeller, who are no pushovers. San Antonio's Tiago Splitter and Phoenix's Amir Johnson are also ranked in the top 75 of all players and are owned in less then 50 percent of leagues.

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