Team Building Block? Fiction
As much as I'd like to put fact, Varejao just can't be counted on anymore to remain a productive member of the Cavaliers.
For the third straight season, it appears Varejao will miss the majority of the season, and now at 30 years of age, he has a lot of wear and tear on his body. Destined to be an All-Star this season with his NBA-leading 14.4 rebounds per game, Varejao will now be out for the next six to eight weeks following surgery to repair a split leg muscle.
This likely means he won't be traded as many speculated, since he'll still be in recovery when the trading deadline passes in February.
There remains a chance he'll return before the end of the season, as there was last year, but what would be the point?
The Cavs certainly won't be in contention for a playoff spot come March or April, and a few extra wins would only hurt their draft standing. Why risk further injury by rushing Varejao back when there are so few positives to go with it?
Varejao will either be traded this offseason or will return to the Cavs older, slower and with more surgery under his belt.
I'm afraid what we saw from Varejao this season is the best we'll ever see, and that either a trade or further injury will prevent him from being a team building block moving forward.