CLEVELAND (AP) - A person familiar with the injury says Cavaliers starting center Anderson Varejao tore his Achilles tendon and will miss the rest of the season.
Varejao was injured in Wednesday night's win over Minnesota, and an MRI confirmed the tear, said the person who spoke Wednesday to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team has not released information on the injury.
Varejao was positioning under the basket for a rebound in the third quarter when he crumpled to the floor in pain. He was assisted off the floor and left Quicken Loans Arena following the game on crutches with his leg in an immobilizing air cast.
With Varejao out, Tristan Thompson will likely move into a starting role and the Cavs will sharpen their pursuit of another big man.
Varejao, who signed a three-year, $30 million contract extension in October, averaged 9.8 points and 6.5 rebounds in 26 starts.