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Cavaliers' Varejao to have knee surgery

Jan. 9, 2013 at 12:10 PM
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CLEVELAND, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Cleveland center Anderson Varejao will have surgery on his injured right knee and will miss more than six weeks of playing time, the Cavaliers said Wednesday.

Varejao, 30, suffered a knee contusion in a Dec. 18 game. He hasn't played since. Team officials said there has been "continued, gradual recovery" but examinations have uncovered additional issues.

As a result, surgery was scheduled for Thursday with Varejao's recovery expected to take 6-8 weeks.

Varejao averaged an NBA-best 14.4 rebounds in 25 games this season. His 14.1 point scoring average is third highest on the Cavaliers. In nine NBA seasons -- all with Cleveland, Varejao averaged 7.7 points and 7.6 rebounds a game.

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