One of the primary reasons that the Cleveland Cavaliers fell short of winning the title this past season was a rash of injuries that depleted the team’s roster.
With Kevin Love and Anderson Varejao wearing street clothes in the playoffs and Kyrie Irving going down in Game 1 of the Finals, Cleveland found itself going up against a deep Golden State Warriors team with what was a short bench.
As the Cavaliers look to create more depth by adding free agents and trading for veterans, it appears that at least two of their key players will be back in the fold when training camp comes calling in September:
Kyrie Irving is rehabbing in Miami and David Griffin says Irving is on pace. Love & Varejao will be ready for start of camp
— Ethan J. Skolnick of @5ReasonsSports (@EthanJSkolnick) July 12, 2015
When healthy over the past five seasons, Varejao has been the team’s starting center. He’s started 136 of the 171 games that he’s appeared in since the start of the 2010-11 season. The 32-year-old big man is rehabbing from a torn Achilles he suffered back in December. That injury forced Varejao to miss Cleveland’s final 56 games and the entire postseason.
Love, who re-signed with the Cavaliers earlier this month, suffered a dislocated shoulder in their first-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics. That forced him out of action for the remainder of the playoffs.
With these two players back in the fold and the Cavaliers adding talent on the bench, the team should be in good shape when all is said and done.
As it relates to Kyrie Irving, his prognosis isn’t as good. Considering the All-Star guard suffered a fractured knee cap in the Finals last month, he’s not expected to return until after the start of training camp.
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