Anderson Varejao injured in international game, will be out one week

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UPDATE 12:02 pm: The Brazilian doctors have taken an MRI of Varejao’s right ankle and there is no serious damage. In fact, he could play tomorrow, according to Cleveland AP writer Tom Withers.

Also, the Cavaliers have spoken to Varejao and know this is nothing serious.

8:56 am: Cleveland’s Anderson Varejao suffered an ankle injury severe enough to be taken to the hospital, but apparently will only be out of action about a week.

Varejao’s Brazilian team was taking on Spain in a warm-up for the upcoming FIBA World Championships when Spain’s Fran Vazquez fell on him causing the injury, as first reported here by’s Sam Amico. And for those wondering, yes, that would be the same Fran Vazquez who was drafted by and spurned Orlando.

Reports on the severity of the injury are sketchy, but international basketball journalist Juan Carlos Mozo says the newspaper reports say Varejao will be out a week (found by Matt Moore for the NBA Facts & Rumors blog).

If true, that would have Varejao back in time for the start of the World Championships, or at least only a game or two into it. Cleveland fans hope it is true, because Varejao is one of he few things to look forward to for the Cavaliers this season. That and lottery parites.

By the way, Spain thumped Brazil 84-68. The Spanish could pull off the World Cup/basketball World Championships double this year.

Report: Cavs sign Dionte Christmas

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The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:

In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.

Sixers’ Wilbekin hits game-winning three vs. Cavs (VIDEO)

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LeBron James sat out the Cavs’ preseason game against the Sixers on Thursday night, but Cleveland still held the lead for all but the final 5.4 seconds. Then, Sixers rookie Scottie Wilbekin did this:

Wilbekin, who played college ball at Florida, has a chance to earn legitimate minutes for the Sixers this season as they try to find young talent on the cheap. This is a good start.