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Anderson Varejao to have knee surgery, out 6-8 weeks

Anderson Varejao

Cleveland Cavaliers’ Anderson Varejao (17), of Brazil, is shown pin action during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, in Philadelphia. The 76ers won, 86-79. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

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This is bad for Cleveland.

Anderson Varejao was having an All-Star level season — 14.1 points and 14.4 rebounds a game, carrying more offense and playing good defense. He has a PER of 22. All that was making him attractive to other teams, and for a rebuilding Cavaliers team they might have been able to make a good trade shipping him out.

Not anymore.

Varejao will undergo knee surgery on Thursday and be out six to eight weeks, the team announced Wednesday.

That will pretty much kill his trade value. Teams may still poke around but the value of their offer goes way down.

Varejao had been diagnosed with a bruised right knee that would cost him a couple weeks, and he did have that, but the MRIs revealed a small split in the vastus medialis, the “teadrop” muscle in the thigh that connects to the knee. That small tear was herniating and leading to other complications, which led both the team doctor and a specialist to recommend surgery.

The Cavaliers can’t catch an injury break. Kyrie Irving missed most of the start of the season although his return hasn’t brought a lot of wins, the Cavs have lost six of their last seven. Now this. Look for a lot more Tyler Zeller, but that is a pretty big drop off from the level Varejao was playing at.

Just a rough season in Cleveland.