HoopsHype Anderson Varejao + Trade rumors

January 10, 2013 Updates
January 6, 2013 Updates

The Cavs and Minnesota Timberwolves have had discussions about a possible trade involving center Anderson Varejao, according to a report in the News-Herald. One league source told FOX Sports Ohio the sides “were and are nowhere close.” FOXSports Ohio

Sources say the Cavs and Timberwolves have talked about a Varejao trade. Minnesota would probably want the Cavs to take back forward Derrick Williams, which could be a deal-breaker. The Cavs could have interest in center Nikola Pekovic, a bruising 6-11, 290-pounder. Before anyone gets excited, forward Kevin Love is not available. Morning Journal

January 4, 2013 Updates
December 31, 2012 Updates

League sources say Varejao is one of the more talked about trade targets in the league and that there are a number of teams that would move for him. However, Cleveland values him too and unless someone makes a serious offer for Varejao, the Cavs say they don’t have interest in trading him. HoopsWorld

December 28, 2012 Updates

I’ve heard Oklahoma City as a possible destination for Anderson Varejao. They have a lot of attractive assets such as Jeremy Lamb, Perry Jones, Reggie Jackson, Eric Maynor and the two first-round picks they acquired from the Houston Rockets in the James Harden trade. HoopsWorld

December 23, 2012 Updates

There are plenty of teams calling the Cavaliers about Varejao because not only is he having an All-Star season, he also has a very reasonable contract. This season, Varejao is making just $8.4 million, next season he’ll make $9.1 million and the following year he has a $9.8 million team option. HoopsWorld

December 21, 2012 Updates
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Varejao is playing like an All-Star this season and he has stayed healthy. A number of teams in contention, led once again by the Timberwolves, are in the hunt for him. The Cavs want multiple young assets or draft picks back in return. Again, I don't see a perfect fit. The Bucks are a possibility, as they have a number of interesting young bigs. I wouldn't be shocked to see the Raptors go after him as well. They have a number of interesting young players (Jonas Valanciunas and Terrence Ross anyone?) and the rumblings out of Toronto sound as though it needs to start winning now. ESPN.com

December 17, 2012 Updates

But the Cavs are notorious for asking for the moon and the stars in trade talks, and sources indicate they're playing the same game with Varejao. And, get this: At least one league executive believes the Cavaliers have no intention of trading Varejao this season, because they want to keep him around so that they can make a pitch in two years for ... wait for it ... LeBron, who can opt out of his deal with the Heat after the 2013-14 season. That's just this exec's hypothesis, though; the Cavaliers, it must be stressed, are not saying that's their plan. NBA.com

December 16, 2012 Updates

As for all the other trade "chatter" regarding Pau Gasol, Anderson Varejao, Andrea Bargnani and Jose Calderon, Varejao is the only one who has any chance of being moved anytime soon. Bargnani is hurt and Gasol isn't going anywhere until Steve Nash returns, per the Lakers' promise when they signed Nash that he'd be given the chance to play with Pau. Sulia

December 14, 2012 Updates

The Cavs, sources say, want multiple young assets in return for the 30-year-old, who is averaging 14.3 points and 14.8 rebounds and possesses a very manageable contract that calls for Varejao to receive $9.1 million next season with a $9.8 million team option in 2014-15. The Thunder are the rare title contender also blessed with the sort of youth/stashed draft picks to appeal to Cleveland, but sources say OKC has shown little interest to date. ESPN.com

The Cavaliers are gauging interest in center Anderson Varejao, whom I'm told the Timberwolves like a lot. He's signed through 2015 at less than $10 million per season. Before he suffered a one- to two-month elbow/wrist injury earlier in the week, the Raptors were putting out feelers about big man Andrea Bargnani. 1500ESPN.com

However, team sources maintain that Kahn is not making any calls for now until he sees how point guard Ricky Rubio looks, beginning with his expected season debut on Saturday against Dallas at Target Center. That hasn't stopped Kahn from answering the phone, though. League sources insist both Cleveland and Toronto have reached out in recent weeks. 1500ESPN.com

December 11, 2012 Updates

While Varejao has many fans within the Cavaliers organization, multiple league sources believe Cleveland will trade him as the February 21 trade deadline approaches. One league source thinks the Cavs would part ways with Varejao if they were able to add one or two more pieces to their young core that includes Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, Tristan Thompson and Tyler Zeller. HoopsWorld

One league source suggested that Varejao would be open to a trade rather than playing the best basketball of his career on a 4-17 Cavs team that seems poised for another trip to the lottery. At this point in Varejao’s career, he likely wants to play for a contender, especially after getting a taste of deep postseason runs earlier in his career. HoopsWorld

Last summer, teams wanted Varejao, and the Cavs owed it to both themselves and Varejao to listen to offers. Varejao knew his name was involved in trade discussions but his focus on the Olympics made it difficult for him to keep up with every potential trade. "If it (a trade) happens, it happens," Varejao said in July. "There's nothing I can do. I can't control that. I cannot control that." USA Today

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