Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao has torn left achilles tendon

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CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers starting center Anderson Varejao tore his left achilles tendon according to a Cavaliers release.

Varejao was injured in Wednesday night’s win over Minnesota, and an MRI confirmed the tear.

Varejao was positioning under the basket for a rebound in the third quarter when he crumpled to the floor in pain. He was assisted off the floor and left Quicken Loans Arena following the game on crutches with his leg in an immobilizing air cast.

The Cavaliers will not confirm is Varejao’s injury is season-ending, and they said they will evaluate his progress during rehab after his surgery is complete.

With Varejao out, Tristan Thompson will likely move into a starting role and the Cavs will sharpen their pursuit of another big man.

Varejao, who signed a three-year, $30 million contract extension in October, averaged 9.8 points and 6.5 rebounds in 26 starts.