NBA Champion Golden State Warriors sign center Anderson Varejao

NBA Champion Golden State Warriors sign center Anderson Varejao

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The 2015 NBA champion Golden State Warriors are planning something new for the team’s strategy.  The Warriors agreed to sign the free agent center Anderson Varejao on Sunday for the rest of the season. However, the team policy, terms and agreement were not disclosed so far. A person inside this process confirmed that Varejao will be a new addition in  Warriors’ squad. He justified it on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced officially about the deal.

Anderson Varejao is a Brazilian professional basketball player. The 6’11” is now aged 33 after started his playing career in 1998. He spent 12 long NBA seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He is one of the most popular players for the Cavaliers. Warriors are targeting to obtain some benefits.  They waived the ineffective Jason Thompson to make room for Varejao, who has shown some significant progress in this season as he dropped out of the rotation in Cleveland. His so-far career is averaged of 7.6 points, 1.2 assists in 25 minutes, 7.5 rebounds in over 591 matches for the Cleveland Cavaliers. This season of NBA, the center played 31 games for the Cavaliers and averaged 2.6 points and 2.9 rebounds in 10 minutes before being sent to Portland. The Brazilian will add much needed size to the Warriors. Golden State decided to release Jason Thompson, who averaged 2.1 points and 1.9 rebounds in 28 games this season. This creates an open roster spot for Anderson Varejao. Thompson was acquired by the Warriors in July from 76ers.

NBA Champion Golden State Warriors, Varejao in action
Anderson Varejao while in Cleveland——-image credit: Flickr/Keith Allison

The NBA champion Golden State Warriors were in need of an additional contributor at the front line despite their 49-5 record. The Warriors’ forward Festus Ezeli has recently recovered from arthroscopic knee surgery. Another major player, Andrew Bogut has been suffering an Achilles tendon injury of right leg. Varejao will certainly provide some depth in Warriors’ suddenly thinned frontcourt.  The Varejao deal with Portland was completed on Thursday before the trade deadline ends. It was actually a part of a three-team swap process,  that landed Channing Frye from Orlando Magic to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Portland Blazers promptly dropped Varejao to the Warriors, although there are nearly $14 million guaranteed money left on his contract.

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Anderson Varejao was originally selected by the NBA franchise Orlando Magic with the 2004 NBA Draft and 30th overall selection. He was the first pick of the second round. He has appeared in total 71 career post season matches. Varejao was named to the All-Defensive Second Team in 2009-10 and finished 3rd in six that season.

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His debut at NBA was made in 2004-05 season. After the swap from Orlando to Cleveland, Varejao played 54 games and averaged 4.9 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. Prior to joining NBA, he played spent three season with FC Barcelona and has experiences to play in Spain’s top basketball league, Liga ACB. From 1998 to 2002, he also played for Franca Basquetebol Clube in Brazil. He has earned a nickname “ Wild Thing”. It’s because of his wild hair and aggressive style of playing. He is also playing for Brazil National basketball team and won two gold medals in FIBA Americas Championship. Varejao will rejoin his former Cleveland teammate Luke Walton, who is now an assist coach for the Warriors and the Brazilian National teammate Leandro Barbosa.

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