This will be a make or break year for the Cavs. They’ve added some talent in Jarett Jack, Andrew Bynum, Earl Clark, Anthony Bennett, and Sergey Karasev. The tagline for the season seems to be “If we can stay healthy”, and there’s some truth to that. Add in Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters, and you have a playoff team. They have said their days of being in the lottery are over, and with an Eastern Conference that will have teams tanking near the bottom, there’s a good chance they make those claims come true. It looks like they are getting healthy, as Anderson Varejao has been cleared to practice, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
I hear that Anderson Varejao was been cleared for all basketball activities when the Cavs open training camp in a few weeks. Varejao missed 57 games last season because of a leg injury followed by blood clots.
Varejao has had some unlucky injuries in his career, so it isn’t accurate to call him injury prone. He was playing at an all star level before his blood clots, so the Cavs are getting a nice option in the front court. As for number 1 pick Anthony Bennett, he seems to have good news as well:
The Cavs top draft pick, Bennett has been in town. He is working out, playing some half court basketball with his new teammates. He appears fully recovered from his shoulder surgery and is expected to be ready for the opening of camp.
Bennett will join a crowded front court in Cleveland, and his mid-range game and size–6’8–could mean he plays some small forward this season. If the Cavs can stay healthy this season, you’re looking at a playoff team. That’s a big if.