While LeBron James is the undisputed leader and face of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Anderson Varejao may be the team’s heart and soul.

The veteran center has stuck it out with the Cavs over the years and professed his loyalty to the team many times already. This season Varejao is having career lows of 2.4 points and 2.9 rebounds in 9.7 minutes of play, but the lack of floor exposure isn’t a knock on the energetic Brazilian. Cleveland simply has a lot of mouths to feed.

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In the Cavs’ recent win over the New Orleans Pelicans, Kevin Love’s absence prompted coach Tyronn Lue to call his number, and Varejao did not disappoint. He produced two points, 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals, and two blocks while pestering Anthony Davis on the defensive end.

As reported by Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com, this performance gave Lue another problem – but a good one.

“We need Andy. The way he played tonight, I got to step up and be able find him some minutes somewhere.”

Varejao’s reaction was very welcoming, to no surprise.

“I’m happy to hear that. I want to play, of course. But I understand that it’s his job to figure out who he’s going to play and figure out what’s best for us. I’m just here trying to help this team.”

It’s going to be really interesting how Varejao will infect his teammates with his energy and hustle, but the results should be very favorable for the Cavaliers.