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Cleveland Cavaliers forward Anderson Varejao recently came to the aid of two Brazilian travelers he had never met before who were left stranded at Cleveland Hopkins Airport. The pair of Portuguese speaking travelers were the mother and brother of a Cleveland resident they had been in town visiting. According to a source close to the family, neither person spoke English and they were left stranded at the airport after their connecting flight to Miami had been canceled. Stepien Rules

On Monday, I connected with the Clevelander on Facebook to confirm. He also included the following update about his mother and the tall guy who helped her. "She didn't know his name. She only knew that he was a tall guy, with funny hair who plays basketball. She asked me to thank this guy for his patience and generosity! Well, this guy turned out to be Anderson Varejao!! Man you are awesome! Thank you so much for helping them!" As far as how helpful Varejao truly was, he added the following for context. "You have no idea how helpful he was. Imagine my mom who don't speak English and my brother who is mentally challenged totally lost at the airport. And this guy comes and helped them to find a new flight to MIA. Stepien Rules

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Anderson Varejao, power forward for the Cleveland Cavaliers, asked to be excluded from the Brazilian national team that will play the FIBA Americas Championship in Venezuela. Varejao argued that he is still recovering from a thigh injury in his right leg, which caused two clots that caused a pulmonary embolism. The player is undergoing physical therapy, muscle strengthening and physical conditioning to recover for the NBA season. FIBA Americas

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Point guard Raul Neto and big man Augusto Lima (pictured) each put in 14 points to lead an All-Star team in a blowout of the under-19 Serbian team. Neto did his damage as more of a scorer than a distributor, but it’s easy to see why he is a prospect teams will be keeping an eye on over the next year or two. His ability to create his own shot is to be valued, and he is able to cause havoc on the defensive end of the floor, as well. Lima was especially dominant on Day 2, after a less than inspired performance the first day. “I like to compare myself to Anderson Varejao,” Lima told me. “A lot of guys say that about me when we played together on the national team. I think in the future I’ll be able to be even more like him. I try to have more activity than him, but you know. He plays really hard. When I play with him on the international team I try to be like him, but he has much more experience so I’m not there yet.” NBCSports.com

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Varejao remains the top option for the Cavs at center, but don’t think team officials are just blowing off his recent injuries as a string of dumb luck. Instead, sources said the Cavs are greatly concerned about Varejao’s ability to stay on the floor, and are making it a priority to add depth in the frontcourt this summer because of it. FOXSports Ohio

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Varejao has one more year left on his contract after this season and a team option for the 2014-15 season. He hasn't heard his name mentioned in trade talks since his injury and says he wants to remain in Cleveland. "If they trade me, they trade me," he said. "I'm happy here. I don't want to be traded." Yahoo! Sports

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