Anderson Varejao, the soon-to-be free agent, is most likely to join the Golden State Warriors after the Cleveland Cavaliers traded the big man ahead of the trade deadline last week.
After the Cavaliers traded Varejao to Portland, the Trailblazers promptly agreed to waive him despite the two years and nearly $14 million in guaranteed money left on his contract after this season.
According to ESPN’s Mark Stein, “Varejao is leaning strongly toward” joining the NBA champions since his waivers have been cleared. “Sources say Varejao has narrowed his choices down to Golden State and San Antonio after also attracting offers from, among others, Oklahoma City, Atlanta and the Los Angeles Clippers,” wrote Stein.
If Varejao does join the Warriors, it is very likely that he will divulge secrets about LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers ahead of the likely NBA Finals rematch in June. Remember, Varejao spent eleven-and-a-half seasons with Cleveland and has been LeBron’s longest standing and favorite teammate. Simply put, if anyone knows LeBron’s tendencies and thought process, it’s Varjeao.
To sign Varejao, the Warriors would have to release a player to create an open roster spot. With big men Festus Ezeli (arthroscopic knee surgery) and Andrew Bogut (Achilles) both down with injuries, the Warriors do have an immediate need at the 5 spot. In all likelihood, it will be wing Ian Clark who gets released or sent to the D-League. Both Ezili and Bogut are integral pieces and will be needed during the postseason.
Steve Kerr welcomes move…
On Friday night, Warriors coach Steve Kerr was his usual sarcastic self. “I have not been notified of that (potential trade) but it makes perfect sense, right? 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.”
Varejao thanked the fans of the Cleveland for supporting him for a dozen years. “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,” the Brazilian national wrote on his Facebook page.
With Anderson Varejao likely to join the enemy, should LeBron James and Cleveland Cavaliers worry?