Earlier Friday, ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported that Varejao could be activated “if anything were to go bad” with the team’s health.
Varejao underwent surgery to repair a torn left Achilles in late December. At the time, no prognosis was given for his return.
Game 1 of the Finals against the Golden State Warriors is June 4 in Oakland, Calif.
At the time of his injury, which he sustained in a Dec. 23 game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Varejao was fifth on the Cavs in scoring (9.8 points per game) and third in rebounding (6.5 per game). He signed a three-year, $30 million extension in October, but has missed more than 160 games over the past four seasons due to injuries.
At center, the Cavs have Tristan Thompson—who enjoyed a strong series in the Eastern Conference finals against the Atlanta Hawks—and Timofey Mozgov. Behind them, but not in the rotation, are Kendrick Perkins and Brendan Haywood.
- Mike Fiammetta