It was formally announced on Tuesday afternoon that the Cleveland Cavaliers would be bringing back a familiar face for the final stretch of the 2020-21 regular season. According to an official statement released by the team, the Cavaliers have agreed to sign veteran center Anderson Varejao to a 10-day contract.
“Welcome home Andy. You have always been the ultimate Cleveland guy,” Cavaliers team owner Dan Gilbert tweeted on Tuesday evening. “Can’t wait to see Wild Thing on the court again!
Spending his first 12 NBA seasons as a member of the Cavaliers, en route to appearing in 591 regular-season games for the Eastern Conference franchise, Varejao is now back in Cleveland for the first time since back in 2015-16.
Always nice seeing a familiar face ❤️💛 pic.twitter.com/1b96Z2iKiC
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) May 4, 2021
Following a stint with the Golden State Warriors across the 2015-16 and 2016-17 campaigns, Anderson Varejao then suited up for Flamengo in the New Basketball Brazil league in both 2017-18 and 2018-19. Having not played in the NBA since his brief tenure with the Warriors, the longtime Cavaliers big man notably led his New Basketball Brazil team to a 2019 NBB title.
“For more than a decade, I was blessed to wear the Wine & Gold and play for the organization’s incredible fans, who inspired me to give everything I had during each and every play on a nightly basis,” said Varejao, via the team’s official website. “I am so excited to return to Cleveland and be back in a Cavaliers jersey, continuing to build memories and representing the city and franchise that I love so much.”
The Cavaliers have already been eliminated from playoff contention in the Eastern Conference.