Warriors Nearing 1-Year Deal With Anderson Varejao
Anderson Varejao, the veteran center, has reportedly agreed to a one-year deal that would keep him in Oakland, per a source close to the team.Advertisement
Varejao was picked up off waivers by the Golden State Warriors last February after the Cleveland Cavaliers traded the Brazilian to Portland Trail Blazers, who proceed to waive him.
This summer, the Warriors have been forced to let go of Andrew Bogut (traded to Dallas Mavericks), Festus Ezeli (to Portland Trail Blazers via free agency) and Marreese Speights (to Los Angeles Clippers via free agency) to make enough room to sign superstar Kevin Durant to a maximum contract.
Anderson Varejao adds depth at the 5
After the aforementioned centers leaving town, the Warriors signed Zaza Pachulia and David West to fill the massive void left at the center position. Varejao’s addition will bolster their depth at the 5.
Unlike last year, Varejao is expected to receive at least 10-15 minutes of playing time as Golden State’s second or third string center. While West is capable of playing the 5 in small-ball teams, coach Steve Kerr is likely to mix and match the rotations with Pachulia and Varejao at center.
According to Warriors beat writer Kevin Jones, the Warriors now have a decent rotation at the center position. “The Warriors now have a stable of big men, but outside of Zaza Pachulia, they all come with question marks. Damian Jones is a rookie and his injured pectoral muscle will hold him out during training camp. James Michael McAdoo is athletic, but still raw and inexperienced in big moments.
“David West is coming off the worst season of his career with the Spurs and he’s also more of a power forward at 6-foot-9. And then of course there’s Varejao, who Warriors fans thought they’d seen the last of after his disappointing NBA Finals performance,” added KNBR.
Last postseason, Anderson Varejao averaged just 1.2 points from 5.5 minutes with the Warriors. However, he got increased playing time during the finals against his former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers. Varejao played a total of 22 regular season games in which he averaged 2.6 points and 2.3 rebounds from 8.5 minutes.