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November 1, 2014 Updates

Why would the Cavaliers sign Anderson Varejao to any type of contract extension, given his injury history? Here is what the Cavs were thinking: 1. Varejao is a tremendous role model because of his hustle, relentless rebounding and grit coming back from injuries. He fits with LeBron James. His unselfish attitude and upbeat personality are ideal for a contender. Coaches love to show tapes of Varejao drawing charges, rolling on the court for loose balls and chasing rebounds. They also appreciate how he has learned some inside moves to score. 2. The market for big men is about to explode when the new salary cap begins to kick in during the summer of 2015. Backups will be paid nearly $10 million a year if they can do a decent job at center. Cleveland Plain Dealer

The contract was reported at $30 million for three years. That's accurate, but not true. The $30 million figure is accurate if he plays all three seasons. It breaks down like this: $9.7 million in 2015-16, fully guaranteed. $10.3 million in 2016-17, $9.3 million guaranteed. $10 million in 2017-18, ZERO guaranteed. Cleveland Plain Dealer

October 31, 2014 Updates

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Anderson Varejao have signed a multi-year contract extension, Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts. Per league policy, terms of the contract were not released. “Anderson represents how this franchise wants to approach the game of basketball, both on the court and off,” said Griffin. “He has been a key part of our foundation for years and we are very happy that he will continue to be part of our Cavs family as we work towards our goals at the highest level. Andy is, and has been, a tireless worker, an incredible teammate and a great competitor that plays with a rare combination of energy and intensity that makes him truly special.” NBA.com

As I wrote in the notes for Friday’s paper, the Cavs and Anderson Varejao are close on a three-year, $30 million extension. ESPN.com’s Marc Stein was first to report the extension news. Akron Beacon Journal

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are engaged in serious talks with center Anderson Varejao on a contract extension, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Talks have progressed in recent weeks, but there's no agreement imminent, sources said. Varejao, 32, could become an unrestricted free agent in July 2015. Nevertheless, he and Cavaliers officials have a mutual desire to reach an agreement in the near future and continue a 10-year partnership. Cavaliers star LeBron James has a strong bond with Varejao, with whom he played six seasons before James left Cleveland in 2010 to sign with the Miami Heat. Yahoo! Sports

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James told every player from fellow All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love to the guys just hoping to make the team what was expected during the upcoming season. "I was looking like, 'Wow.' That's crazy that he broke down every individual thing he wants guys to do," Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters told Yahoo Sports. "He wrote down every player from the guy in training camp who may be here or may not be here. …It was unbelievable. It was great." Said Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao: "He used to talk individually to the players before, but not like that." Yahoo! Sports

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As the Cleveland Cavaliers were preparing for their trip to Brazil, head coach David Blatt asked Anderson Varejao for advice, and "Wild Thing" provided some unique insight. "He told everybody to bring their Speedos," Blatt said on Monday with a chuckle. Cleveland Plain Dealer

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