Anderson Varejao will miss his 11th straight game Wednesday when the Cavaliers host the Atlanta Hawks, coach Byron Scott said at Tuesday’s practice.
Varejao is the NBA’s leading rebounder (14.4 rpg), but has been sidelined with what the Cavs are calling a knee contusion (bruise). He was listed as a “game-time decision” on Dec. 29 but has not played since.
“I’m still optimistic that he’ll be able to play this year,” Scott said, seemingly in jest.
Late last week, Scott hinted Varejao’s knee is feeling better, and that the possibility existed Varejao would test the knee Tuesday. However, Varejao did not practice, making him a scratch for Wednesday’s game.
Varejao was walking with a slight limp prior to Saturday’s home loss to Houston.
The 6-foot-11 center is in his ninth season, all with Cleveland. He played in at least 75 games three times in four years from 2006-10 — but has not played in more than 31 games in any season since.
Varejao’s name has constantly been mentioned in trade rumors, but it is believed the Cavs have not had any discussions this season that involve moving him. If they have, one league source told FOX Sports Ohio, talks likely “have not been close to serious.”
Varejao last played in a home loss to Toronto on Dec. 18.
• Daniel Gibson (concussion) is expected to be activated in time to play vs. the Hawks. Gibson is averaging 7.3 points off the Cavs’ bench.
• C.J. Miles (back spasms) sat out Tuesday’s practice. Miles has been starting in place of rookie Dion Waiters at shooting guard and is averaging 11.3 points. He is expected to suit up Wednesday.