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 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]