Cavaliers' Anthony Bennett, Anderson Varejao cleared to return

Anthony Bennett is back on the court. (USATSI)
Anthony Bennett is back on the court. (USATSI)

Anthony Bennett went No.1 to the Cleveland Cavaliers in June's draft despite a shoulder injury. There was no way of knowing when he'd be ready, but there's ood news, as the Cavaliers announced Tuesday that Bennett has been cleared for all basketball activities. The undersized forward faces a tough road for playing time on a deep team looking to make an immediate jump to the playoffs, but if he can become an offensive weapon with range, he might be very effective next to the Cavs' forwards. 

Bennett reportedly resumed 5-on-5 activities back on Sept. 19, but being officially cleared is still a notable change. 

But that's not the only good news, as forward/center Anderson Varejao was also cleared to return. As recently as Sept. 20, Varejao said he was only at 70 percent, so there's no telling how long it will take to get in gameshape, but it's still a very good sign. Varejao had knee surgery in January, and then developed a blood clot which put him in the hospital. 

As for free agent center Andrew Bynum? Sigh. From the Cavs: 

Bynum continues to progress in his rehabilitation process. There is no timetable set for his return to full basketball contact and activity.

Raise your hand if you're surprised. Bynum did say on media day he will "definitely" play this season, but also said he doesn't feel this deal with the Cavs for $6 million guaranteed on a one-year deal with a second-year team option is his "last chance." 

So overall good news for the Cavs, who are going to need everyone on the floor for them to reach their goal of a playoff berth. 

CBS Sports Writer

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