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Report: Warriors contemplating run at Anderson Varejao

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The Golden State Warriors are among a parcel of teams considering making a run at Anderson Varejao, according to a report.

Varejao, who will clear waivers on Sunday, will have a number of suitors, and according to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the reigning champions could be among them.

Coach Steve Kerr even seemed to confirm it on Friday night.

“I have not been notified of that but it makes perfect sense, right?” Kerr said. “I don’t even know, am I allowed to even mention his name? I can get fined by the NBA. I don’t even know what the rule is.”

The answer, by the way, is no, as Varejao doesn’t currently have a team. Golden State could be a fit, though, as he could play behind Andrew Bogut with Festus Ezeli expected to miss around six weeks after knee surgery. Varejao has a significant injury history of his own, but would be a pretty nice fill-in option.

According to Stein, the San Antonio Spurs also have interest in Varejao, as do the Dallas Mavericks, despite the fact that they are believed to be closing in on signing David Lee. The Thunder are also reportedly considering making a play for Varejao, who bid farewell to Cleveland after twelve seasons with the Cavaliers.

Anderson Varejao writes thank you letter to Cavaliers fans

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Anderson Varejao was drafted by the Magic in 2004. Shortly after, he was traded to the Cavaliers and went on to play for the team for 12 seasons. Prior to Thursday’s trade deadline, Varejao was traded to the Blazers, who subsequently waived him.

Now a free agent, Varejao is currently searching for a new team. On Friday, the 33-year-old took a few moments to post a letter on his Facebook page to thank Cavaliers fans who have supported him over the years. Here it is in its entirety.

Dear Cavs Fans Everywhere,

For the last 12 years, I have had the honor of representing the city of Cleveland and the Cavaliers organization, and for that I will forever be grateful. Coming over from Spain at the young age of 21 was a difficult transition, but as soon as I put on a Cavs jersey and stepped on the court, I felt at home.

There were seasons we played well together, and there were seasons we struggled together. We had playoff runs, and we had championship runs. Over the last 12 seasons we have had many ups and downs, but no matter the product on the court one thing never changed… The unwavering support from all of you, the fans.

Whether you were watching on TV, listening to the radio, or in the Q screaming at the top of your lungs, we felt your energy and support. Cleveland fans are simply the best.

There is nothing like walking on the streets on a freezing cold day and hearing fans scream your name, then stopping to talk to those same fans. There is nothing like looking into the crowd and seeing over 20,000 people wearing wigs to match your hair. That’s a feeling I will cherish for the rest of my life and never forget.

In a similar way to how Brazil holds a special place in my heart, Cleveland has also become a part of me. I consider everyone in the organization as family – from ownership, the entire front office, all of the coaches I have had over the years, and every single employee from top to bottom – thank you.

The city of Cleveland is truly a special place.

I have seen players and coaches come and go, but through it all I have always known Cleveland is where I want to retire. But life doesn’t always work the way you want it to, and at the end of the day, the saying ‘this is a business’ is unfortunately true.

So with that, I say goodbye. But more importantly, I say thank you. Thank you for your support. Thank you for coming out every night whether we were winning or losing. And thank you for giving me the best 12 years of my life.

Home is where the heart is, and my heart will forever be in Cleveland.

Anderson Varejao

Varejao appeared in 591 games for the Cavaliers, which is good for seventh in franchise history. He’s also third in offensive rebounds (1,479), fifth in defensive rebounds (2,955), eighth in steals (529), and tied for seventh in blocks (397).

Not only had Anderson Varejao become a fan favorite, but he’s also close to LeBron James, who plans to reach out to his former teammate.

“But I bet he’s got tons of people reaching out to him right now,” James said via Cleveland.com. “I don’t like to reach out right away. I’d like to let it boil down a little bit. Our friendship doesn’t have to have a text message behind it.”

Report: Thunder interested in signing Anderson Varejao

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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 DailyThunder.com 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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LeBron James once came off bench to prevent teammate from getting booed

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Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson doing his best impression of Kam Chancellor this summer has put the entire Cleveland franchise in an awkward position. But interestingly enough, it’s not entirely uncharted territory for Ohio overlord LeBron James. The four-time NBA MVP experienced a similar situation to that of Thompson, who is holding out as a restricted free agent for max money, with longtime teammate Anderson Varejao back in 2007.

A feature written by ESPN’s Dave McMenamin on Sunday shed light on how James once voluntarily came off the bench in a game nearly eight years ago to shield Varejao, who was playing in his first game back after lengthy holdout of his own, from the ire of the Cavs faithful.

It’s been nearly a decade since James last had a teammate go through such a contentious bargaining period. Anderson Varejao sat out until mid-December in the 2007-08 season before coming to terms with the Cavs on a new deal.

“I remember that,” James said. “I actually came off the bench when he came back, too, so he wouldn’t get booed. I came off the bench that game. I was coming back from injury and I told Coach [Mike Brown] to bring me off the bench so Andy wouldn’t get booed.”

It is the only game out of the 911 regular-season games James has played through his first 12 years in the league that he was not in the starting lineup.

Call King James a choker, a quitter, an egomaniac, or a power-hungry tyrant, if you must. But one thing you can’t accuse him of is being a bad teammate.

While Thompson’s situation is a bit different (especially with the media scrutiny and the massive discrepancy between his perceived worth and his actual value), James has gone to bat for the 24-year-old many times this offseason as well. Though James has been adamant that he’s done talking about the Thompson hubbub, his actions suggest otherwise. The two-time NBA champion even posted the following Instagram photo on Saturday with the caption: “Get it done!!!! Straight up. #MissMyBrother @realtristan13”

Get it done!!!! Straight up. #MissMyBrother @realtristan13

A photo posted by LeBron James (@kingjames) on

Thompson’s actions have already rubbed the Cavs fanbase the wrong way, and it looks like James may need to pull some more tricks out of his bag of benevolence yet gain upon the former No. 4 overall pick’s inevitable return to the team.

H/T Andy Hutchins on Twitter

Anderson Varejao out for year with torn Achilles

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Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao will miss the remainder of the 2014-2015 season due to an Achilles injury, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Varejao reportedly suffered a torn Achilles tendon during a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night. An MRI on Wednesday morning confirmed the injury.

While you could argue that the Cavs had been playing better when Tristan Thompson played over Varejao, the injury to Varejao leaves Cleveland’s front court extremely thin. According to ESPN.com, the Cavs have already begun exploring trade possibilities that could bring them another big body.

Varejao is a tremendous interior defender and has a lot of playoff experience. LeBron James has said in the past that Varejao is one of the best teammates he has ever played with.

Anderson Varejao looked like a pull-string ornament on defense (Video)

The Cleveland Cavaliers lost to the San Antonio Spurs in a close game on Wednesday night, but don’t let anyone tell you Anderson Varejao didn’t do his part.

Varejao scored a game-high 23 points and tied Kevin Love with a game-high 11 rebounds. He also did his best to prevent the Spurs from inbounding the ball by turning himself into a pull-string ornament on defense.

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You know the ones I’m talking about. If you celebrate Christmas, you had to have had one of these bad boys on your tree at some point:

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That kind of effort from Varejao deserves acknowledgment — win or lose.

Video via @DrewUnga

Anderson Varejao Sports the Cleveland Cavaliers Snuggie

Anderson Varejao is quite the character as we’ve come to find out. No surprise he was out in front leading the Cavs in their effort to set a Guinness World Record for “largest gathering of people wearing fleece blankets” aka snuggies. Check out Mr. Varejao sporting his Cleveland Cavaliers snuggie at the pregame shootaround.

Snuggie night wasn’t proving to be too successful early on as the Cavs were trailing by as much as 20 in the second quarter. I don’t know how I feel about the giveaway — it looks like a whole bunch of maroon Yodas in the crowd. Maybe come playoff time they’ll do a snuggie-out.

Video: Ray Allen Elbows Anderson Varejao in the Nuts

The Cavs pounded the Celtics on Sunday, crushing them from the start and going on to win it 107-76. I guess the frustration for Boston was manifested in Ray Allen’s tussle with Anderson Varejao in the 3rd quarter. Let’s go to the video:

That one referee was right under the basket so I’m not sure how he missed it. As Brett Pollakoff at FanHouse pointed out, Allen’s elbow should have warranted an ejection. This marks the second point in a week that a body part of Varejao’s was featured here at LBS. Anyone else think it was interesting that Andy was unfazed by the nut shot?

Some people are brushing this game aside as inconsequential. With KG out and nothing at stake for seeding, I could see why people would consider this game meaningless. Still, I think it does prove that the Cavs can dominate the Celtics. With home court on their side and Garnett at less than 100%, I’m confidently going with Cleveland to reach the finals. I’d love to see the Cavs win it all and have LeBron stay in Cleveland for that matter, too. We’ll see how things unfold.