Varejao recorded nine points, two rebounds, and an assist with 11 minutes Thursday's game against the Bucks. Varejao could slide into Cleveland's starting rotation seeing that he is playing well and because Timofey Mozgov injured his shoulder Thursday and is questionable to play in Saturday's game against the Hawks.
Varejao played just five minutes in the double-overtime loss to the Bucks on Saturday. He had two points (1-2 FG), one rebound, and one assist. Varejao is just getting token minutes and has not cracked double digits in November. With Timofey Mozgov starting and either Kevin Love or Tristan Thompson playing small-ball center, there doesn't seem to be much room for the long-time Cavalier.
Varejao played just 11 minutes in Wednesday's blowout win over Memphis and provided four points (2-6 FG), five rebounds, and two assists. Varejao has not played more than 12 minutes in the Cavaliers' first two games. He is coming back from a torn Achilles' tendon, so the team will likely continue to give him limited minutes. He is also limited by sharing minutes with starter Timofey Mozgov and Tristan Thompson. Varejao's minutes could ramp up somewhat. If the team remains healthy, the Brazilian big man will only have fantasy value in the deepest of leagues.
Varejao collected 12 points (4-7 FG, 4-6 FT), five assists, six rebounds, and a steal over 21 minutes in Sunday's 87-81 loss to the Raptors. Varejao appears fully healthy and ready to assume a healthy allotment of minutes in the regular season, even displaying a bit offensive punch this preseason. However, after the 33-year-old suffered a December Achilles' tear, the team traded for Timofey Mozgov, who performed well in the starting center role. Consequently, it appears that Varejao will open the season behind Mozgov as his primary backup. The veteran certainly provides quality depth at the position, and could conceivably pitch in at power forward behind Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson when necessary.
Cavaliers newcomer Sasha Kaun tallied eight points and six rebounds over 23 minutes in a Tuesday loss to Milwaukee. After spending the last seven seasons abroad since being selected in the 2008 NBA Draft, Kaun has finally committed to making his debut in North America. He's seen 21.5 minutes per game over four preseason contests, averaging 3.8 points and 4.8 rebounds while shooting 50 percent from the field. Those numbers alone won't result in him earning consistent playing time to open the season, but with Tristan Thompson embroiled in a contract dispute, he could be the second big man off the bench after Anderson Varejao.
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