This is bad for Cleveland.
Anderson Varejao was having an All-Star level season — 14.1 points and 14.4 rebounds a game, carrying more offense and playing good defense. He has a PER of 22. All that was making him attractive to other teams, and for a rebuilding Cavaliers team they might have been able to make a good trade shipping him out.
Varejao will undergo knee surgery on Thursday and be out six to eight weeks, the team announced Wednesday.
That will pretty much kill his trade value. Teams may still poke around but the value of their offer goes way down.
Varejao had been diagnosed with a bruised right knee that would cost him a couple weeks, and he did have that, but the MRIs revealed a small split in the vastus medialis, the “teadrop” muscle in the thigh that connects to the knee. That small tear was herniating and leading to other complications, which led both the team doctor and a specialist to recommend surgery.
The Cavaliers can’t catch an injury break. Kyrie Irving missed most of the start of the season although his return hasn’t brought a lot of wins, the Cavs have lost six of their last seven. Now this. Look for a lot more Tyler Zeller, but that is a pretty big drop off from the level Varejao was playing at.
Just a rough season in Cleveland.
The Spurs beat the Mavericks by 26 points on Friday night, a game all of the Dallas players would love to forget. But there was a funny moment for rookie big man Salah Mejri: after a dunk, he appeared to yell something at the San Antonio bench. Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan were completely nonplussed.
For what it’s worth, Mejri later tweeted that he wasn’t intending to be disrespectful.
Hassan Whiteside recorded a triple-double last night against the Hornets, and his tenth block was particularly impressive. He didn’t so much block Marvin Williams‘ layup attempt as pluck it out of the air with one hand. It almost looks like it should count as a block, rebound and steal at the same time.
The NBA world has taken notice of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. In Thursday night’s home game against the Knicks on TNT, Pistons players wore warmup shirts that read “FLINT NOW,” and the organization announced a $500,000 donation towards providing clean water for residents of the town.
Former Pistons great and general basketball legend Rasheed Wallace went even further, according to a tweet from his alma mater, the University of North Carolina:
Sheed obviously has a connection to Michigan, having played in Detroit for six years (including on the 2004 title team) and serving as an assistant coach for the Pistons during the 2013-14 season. This was an incredible gesture by him for the residents of a town that has been without drinkable water for a long time.
The Kings are a complete mess right now. After a loss to the Nets on Friday night, the team is reportedly considering firing head coach George Karl, who has been with the team for just about one year, and DeMarcus Cousins says they have “a bigger issue than the players.”
But, on the bright side, Cousins is still a monster on the court. During the Nets loss, he posted a triple-double with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, showing why he’s the one thing about this franchise that is going to be worth talking about long-term.