Cleveland Cavaliers’ center Anderson Varejao is likely out for the rest of the season because of an Achilles’ tendon tear, according to multiple reports. The NBA veteran landed awkwardly on his left foot during Tuesday night’s 125-114 victory over the the Minnesota Timberwolves and underwent an MRI exam on Wednesday morning. News of the severity of the injury began to leak out on Twitter just after noon EST.
The latest injury is a huge setback for the 32-year-old who has been plagued by leg injuries in the past five years.
Varejao’s loss is also a blow to the team. He’s the team’s best center, according to CBS Sports’ total player rankings. That said, the team has already been searching since the summer to buttress its front line. Varejao’s early exit will likely lead Cleveland to step up the search.
As for short-term solutions, Tristan Thompson will start for Cleveland on Thursday when the Cavs are set to face team leader LeBron James’s former squad the Miami Heat. The game is on ABC at 5 p.m. EST.