Cavs Wasted Varejao’s Trade Value?
Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao had surgery last week. Again. That’s three consecutive seasons the Cavaliers’ energetic big man has needed surgery, with each time a freak injury sending Varejao to a steady showcase of street clothes.
It’s three straight seasons that the Cavaliers’ most tradable asset has been sitting on the bench when the trade deadline rolls around.
Now that Varejao has been struck down again, now that he’s been labeled as “injury prone,” other teams may not be as willing to take a chance on exchanging players for the 30-year-old whose style of reckless abandon makes him more apt than not to suffer another injury.
So while the Cavaliers have lost trade value in Varejao, it’s not as if they’re doomed if they ever attempt to trade the Brazilian center. Varejao has one season remaining on his current contract, and a team option for 2014-15 worth $9.8 million.