Anderson Varejao Gaining Interest From Other Contenders
Anderson Varejao is now without a team. The veteran power forward who spent 12 years as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers is now a free agent after being placed on waivers by the Portland Trail Blazers.
So far this season, the energetic Brazilian is averaging 2.6 points and 2.9 rebounds in only 10 minutes per game – all career lows. But if we look at his per-36 minutes stats of 9.3 points, 10.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.3 steals, it shows that Varejao is still able to produce if given the floortime.
Obviously, he won’t be logging that much minutes anymore, but the point is that, when called, he will deliver. In fact, in a game against Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans this year, Varejao played 27 minutes and logged two points, 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals, and two blocks.
ESPN sources say that Golden State is among the teams contemplating a run at soon-to-be free agent Anderson Varejao
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 20, 2016
Outside of the Warriors, other teams belonging in the league’s top three are also reported to have been keeping an eye on Varejao. This quote was taken from Marc Stein’s recent ESPN article.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Warriors are among several teams, along withOklahoma City, San Antonio and Dallas, currently investigating the prospect of signing Varejao, who is scheduled to clear waivers Sunday after his trade fromCleveland to Portland and subsequent release by the Trail Blazers.
These teams are possible opponents for the Cleveland Cavaliers should they dominate the East the rest of the way. It also speaks a lot about the threat coming from the Cavs, because not only will Varejao be a solid contributor to these teams, but he will also be a valuable source of scouting information in the event that any of those clubs, provided that he’s in one of them, face Cleveland in June.