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Rotowire: Jun 17 / 11:59a ET
News: Varejao (Achilles) was limited to 26 games in the 2014-15 season after signing a contract extension with the Cavaliers in the preseason. He averaged 9.6 points and 6.5 rebounds before going down for the season in late December.
Impact: Varejao was limited to 31 games or fewer for the fourth time in five seasons. He brings a similar skill set as Tristan Thompson, but Thompson may be more versatile defensively. Varejao and Kyrie Irving are the only Cavaliers players locked into their contracts beyond the 2015-16 season, so the team will hope that Varejao can rehabilitate his Achilles injury and stay healthy next season.
Rotowire: May 29 / 11:26a ET
News: Varejao (Achilles) will not return at any point during the Finals, Sports Illustrated reports.
Impact: Earlier Friday morning, ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported that Varejao "could be activated" if the Cavs were to suffer a frontcourt injury, but this latest story seems to squash any possibility that the Brazilian could play in the Finals. Varejao tore his left Achilles in late-December and has been working toward returning for the start of the 2015-16 season. The Cavs have not provided detailed updates on his progress, so it's unclear whether Varejao is even close - health-wise - to returning to the court.