Anderson Varejao will be the Cleveland Cavaliers' starter at center to open the season, coach David Blatt said Friday.
Injuries have limited Varejao to only 146 games over the past four seasons. The 32-year-old averaged 8.4 points and 9.7 rebounds in 65 games last season.
With Varejao starting, 2011 first-round pick Tristan Thompson will come off the bench.
Cleveland went 33-49 and missed the playoffs in 2013-14.