Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - The Cleveland Cavaliers revealed on Monday
that center Anderson Varejao recently developed a blood clot in his right
lung, a condition that will sideline the standout rebounder for the remainder
of the season.
Varejao developed the clot on Thursday and was admitted to the Cleveland
Clinic, where the nine-year pro is currently being treated with blood
thinners. He will remain on medication for approximately three months, though
is expected to make a full recovery.
"Clearly our players' health is our top concern and we are disappointed for
Anderson and his family," said Cavaliers general manager Chris Grant in a
statement. "We know what a competitor he is and how much he wants to be on the
court helping his teammates. In the meantime, he has our full support and we
look forward to welcoming him back as he recovers."
Varejao had already been out since Dec. 19 due to a small torn muscle in his
right leg that required surgery. At the time of the injury, the 6-foot-11
Brazilian was leading the NBA with an average of 14.4 rebounds per game in
addition to scoring at a career-best 14.1 points-per-game clip.
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