Feb 28, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Injured player Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Anderson Varejao (17) stands near the bench in the fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE
Reports out of the Cavaliers' shootaround today tell us that the team does expect Anderson Varejao to make a comeback this season. After suffering a fracture in his wrist, Varejao has been out for several weeks now and we've heard basically nothing about him.
The silence lasts no longer thanks to an article found on ESPN.com.
The team sent out an update Friday on Varejao, who has been sidelined since breaking his right wrist on Feb. 10 against Milwaukee. The Cavs say Varejao has "made good progress" and begun the "rehabilitation phase" of his recovery. Varejao should resume basic basketball activities in the next two weeks. He will undergo further imaging tests and evaluation at the end of March before he's cleared to practice.
The Cavs project him to be practicing in the first or second week in April, and he'll play in games after that.
Today, Byron Scott made it known that he expects Andy to come back and play some games for the Cavs at some point. Furthermore, they expect him to start practicing with the team in the first week or two of April. That would set his return date roughly in the middle parts of the month.
The team has fared well enough without Varejao and bringing him back too soon may lead to some unnecessary wins. I'm sure, for this reason, the Cavs will be careful and make sure the big Brazilian is completely healthy before he returns to the court.