Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 1/16/13
While Anderson Varejao would have had to rely on the head coaches within the Eastern Conference, his recent injury (and subsequent surgery) may have cost him $1 million in a bonus he would have received for making the All-Star team, reported first by ESPN’s Marc Stein. Varejao’s latest injury REALLY painful. All-Star berth AV was in line for pre-surgery, I’m told, woulda triggered $1 mil bonus in contract — Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) January 16, 2013 Though the Cavaliers presently sit at a woeful 9-31, Varejao was averaging over 14 points and 14 rebounds per game, had a PER of 22.0 and was already worth 3.3 wins. Following his huge start to the 2012-13 season, Varejao received several votes of praise from Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott who dubbed Andy his “All-Star guy.” Varejao’s accolades were not specific to Cleveland as Boston’s Doc Rivers and Milwaukee’s former head coach Scott Skiles both felt that Varejao deserved the nod. Varejao injured his right knee on December 19 against the Toronto Raptors and would later be diagnosed with a split muscle in his leg which required surgery. He missed a substantial portion of the 2011-12 season with a fractured right hand as well as the majority of the 2010-11 season with an torn tendon in his ankle. [Related: Barkley: Varejao has been the best non-alien forward in Eastern Conference]
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