It seems as if center Anderson Varejao will be out for a tad bit longer. The Cleveland Cavaliers announced on Thursday that they have recalled forward Jon Leuer from the Canton Charge according to General Manager Chris Grant. With the success that he has had over the past six games, it’s a no-brainer for the Cavs to bring in Leuer to aid the injured Varejo from the gigantic talent gap that is the distance from the NBA Development League and the NBA itself.
In those six games with the Charge, Leuer was averaging 20.3 points, 12.3 points and 35.8 minutes, while shooting 54.5 percent from the field. Leuer saw five games of NBA action with the Wine and Gold this season, averaging 3.2 points, 2.0 rebounds and 14.4 minutes, while shooting 33.3 percent from the field.
Leuer’s time with the Charge this season resulted in an overall 5-1 record that included a four-game winning streak that is still active. The former Wisconsin Badger was very active down low in his time with Canton, but it is very unlikely that we will see much time from him. However, with the rookie mistakes (missing an open Kyrie Irving for example) that Kevin Jones has been making in his playing time may result in Coach Byron Scott going with Leuer in second or third-team situations.
The former international player and Milwaukee Buck managed to record 20 points or more in four of the six games he played. He also managed a double-double in the last five matches. His high point total came in a game against Springfield, as he racked up 28 points on 12-of-20 shooting from the field. Even though the Cavs will need his inside presence with Varejao most likely absent, Leuer has shown to have range in the past and put it on display while in Canton. He attempted 13 shots in his time in Canton and converted on 46.2 percent of his long-range attempts.
He hit the boards relatively hard as well, corralling 16 rebounds in two separate games.
We will wait and see until Friday against the Indiana Pacers if Leuer will see any time against the hobbling Cavaliers.