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#pounditTuesday, December 6, 2022

Report: Thunder interested in signing Anderson Varejao


Brazilian big man Anderson Varejao, who had played his entire 12-year career thus far with Cleveland, was traded by the Cavs at the deadline on Thursday. But don’t cry for him Argentina (damn, wrong South American country) because Varejao could be latching on with another contender soon enough.

Relaying a report by Brian Windhorst of ESPN on Friday, Royce Young of revealed that the Oklahoma City Thunder have interest in signing the 33-year-old Varejao, who was bought out by the Portland Trail Blazers shortly after being acquired from Cleveland. Young does note, however, that Varejao would likely not see any meaningful playing time and would instead serve as a veteran voice in the Thunder locker room.

Varejao only saw 10.0 minutes per game for Cleveland this season. His chronic inability to stay healthy has been a millstone as well. But at this point in his career, Varejao’s impact goes far beyond his efforts on the court.

The former No. 30 overall pick has been to numerous postseasons with the Cavs, and his general aura of scrappiness and hustle would be a welcome addition to the Thunder culture. With 35-year-old Nick Collison and 32-year-old Randy Foye, who was just acquired by Oklahoma City at Thursday’s deadline, on the roster as well, the signing of Varejao would round out a nice complement to the Thunder’s talented young core of players.

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