by Sam Allard
So much for those hot trade prospects! This is the third consecutive season shortened by serious injury for Varejao. He only played 25 games of last year's abbreviated season because of a broken wrist, and a torn ankle tendon the year before kept him from all but 31 games.
GM Chris Grant, ever the cheerleader, gave a key update this morning about Varejao's ability to remain a "competitor" despite the dire straits. Then he rhapsodized about the endurance and pluck of the Brazilian's smile (see photo above).