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Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao suffered a foot injury against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night and the franchise fear it could be serious.
Varejao will undergo an MRI scan on Wednesday to reveal the full extent of the injury after he landed awkwardly in the third quarter of the win over the Timberwolves.
The Cavs star left the court without being able to put any pressure on his left leg and initial tests were unable to reveal the severity of the problem. Varejao was later seen leaving the Quicken Loans Arena on crutches and wearing an air cast.
League sources have told ESPN that the Cavs fear one potential injury is a torn Achilles, but it would seem strange not to be able to diagnose that at the time of the injury being sustained.
“He has an ankle injury of some sort,” Cavaliers coach David Blatt said. “I really don’t know right now.”
If Varejao is indeed out for a prolonged period with the issue, the Cavs will undoubtedly step up their efforts to bring in a big man to help their frontline. Speculation has previously linked them with a move for Timofey Mozgov or Kosta Koufos.
It is also reported that they could look to make a deal with the Boston Celtics who acquired Brandan Wright from the Dallas Mavericks in the Rajon Rondo deal, but they would have to be willing to part with a future first-round Draft pick as the Celtics continue to build up their future selections.
The Cavs also possess a $5.2m trade exception to use in a potential deal.
Varejao signed a three-year, $30m extension in October and was shooting 55 percent from the field and was averaging 10 points and 6.6 rebounds. Tristan Thompson will likely step up into the starting role as he recovers.