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For the record, the Cavs are not working hard to make any sort of trade, especially any involving big man Anderson Varejao or guard Dion Waiters. While general manager Chris Grant is a willing listener (and admittedly likes to make deals), the Cavs are pleased with the way things have looked lately. And who could blame them? They've won five of seven since their 4-12 start. And in one of the two losses (Saturday at Miami), they were in it at the end. FOXSports Ohio

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Conjecture about Anderson Varejao made sense because Morey has long admired his game. Morey tends to consider rebounding - especially offensive rebounding - as undervalued in trade talks and team building. But according to an individual familiar with discussions so far, he has not been in talks with the Cavaliers. Despite conjecture that Morey will consider deals that would send Asik to only an Eastern Conference team, a person with knowledge of talks said he has been open to deals with Western Conference teams. Houston Chronicle

Davis sat out the entire fourth quarter in the Magic’s 109-100 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. He wasn’t having a great game, but as a veteran, he wanted the chance to be out there. Coach Jacque Vaughn went with second-year forward Andrew Nicholson (12 points, 10 rebounds) for all but 10 seconds of the fourth period. Davis finished with just six points on only five shots and had four rebounds in only 23 minutes. Nicholson had 12 points and 10 rebounds, but missed 3-of-4 shots in the final quarter and committed four fouls, picking up his fourth by shoving Cavs forward Anderson Varejao in the back. Nicholson was ejected and given a Flagrant-2. Vaughn said that Nicholson took exception to Varejao trying to show up the Magic by scoring a layup with 10 seconds left with the game in hand. Orlando Sentinel

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Varejao’s name surfaced this week in trade rumors involving the Houston Rockets’ Omer Asik, but a league source told me Friday the Cavs are not interested in acquiring Asik. With Andrew Bynum beginning to flourish, Asik and his $14.9 million salary for next season are not a fit on this team. Varejao’s ability to play both power forward and center makes him a far better fit. Akron Beacon Journal

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Speculation over LeBron James’ future continues to build both inside and outside the NBA. Anderson Varejao fueled the discussion Tuesday when he said he believed James could play for the Cavaliers again someday. “It could happen,” said Varejao, the last remaining link to the James-led Cavs teams. “Bron is from Akron. Akron is not too far from here. Eventually in his career, he probably wants to play at home.” Then unprovoked, the normally quiet Varejao said he didn’t like the way James left the Cavs via the one-hour television special three years ago. “I think the way he left was wrong,” Varejao said. “But regardless … he helped me a lot, helped my game and helped me as a person. I have nothing against him. It could happen.” Akron Beacon Journal

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So naturally, I wanted to put that theory to the test. Is that, in fact, the generally agreed upon totem pole these days? It doesn't appear to be the case. I asked six front-office executives, reached via text message and granted anonymity to inspire honesty and avoid tampering charges, to rank the best centers in the NBA. The results: Executive No. 1: Marc Gasol, Noah, Lopez, Hibbert, Howard, Omer Asik. Executive No. 2: Howard, Gasol, Noah, Hibbert, Cousins. Executive No. 3: Howard, Gasol, Hibbert, Noah, Andrew Bogut, Lopez, Tyson Chandler, Chris Bosh, Al Horford Executive No. 4: Noah, Gasol, Hibbert, Anderson Varejao, Howard Executive No. 5: Howard, Gasol, Nikola Pekovic, Noah, Lopez Executive No. 6: Howard, Lopez, Gasol, Tim Duncan, Noah, Cousins, Jonas Valanciunas. USA Today Sports

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Varejao spent most of the summer rehabilitating his quad in Brazil and working to strengthen his leg. He has only recently started playing pick-up games and, though his quad feels good, he estimates he's at about 70 percent heading into the start of training camp. "I need to get rhythm back but it feels good,'' he said. "I'm very happy. I've been testing my quad in those pick up games, setting a lot of screens, going up for offensive rebounds -- that's my game. It feels good. It feels, actually, great. I don't even think about it any more, which is good.'' Cleveland Plain Dealer

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