HoopsHype Anderson Varejao rumors

November 21, 2014 Updates

LeBron grins at the memories of practicing with Varejao when he and his young Cavaliers were finding their way. In those days they were the underdogs. Each step deeper into the playoffs was a surprise. "He would go 120 percent, and sometimes not everyone is ready to go 120 percent at practice,'' James says. "So he would frustrate guys for sure, and he's still doing it.'' NBA.com

"I knew LeBron. So I know how he's a good person, and he cares about the people that he loves, he cares about his family, he cares about the others,'' says Varejao in English, his third language. "But when he left, the way he did it, it was wrong. He had the rights to go anywhere he wants to go. But the way he did it -- I'm not here to second-guess him or what he did -- but to me, in my opinion, it wasn't the right way to do it. And I believe he said that later on. But I knew it was tough for him. Because even before he told everybody the way he did it was wrong, I could tell he went through some tough times, when everybody was talking bad about him. You can ignore a lot of outside noises, but because of who he is, I guarantee you it got to him. I believe it was tough for him.'' NBA.com

As the Cavaliers fell further back in the game, Varejao found himself making a stand on behalf of the team that James had left behind. In the run of play he pulled off James' headband and tossed it aside, as if he no longer recognized the authority of the King's crown. "I was just trying to get him off his rhythm,'' Varejao says. "I knew that he would not like that. Because he wears headband for a long time, and people were saying he was losing his hair and stuff, and I thought that it could get him off his game a little bit.'' NBA.com

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

October 30, 2014 Updates
October 27, 2014 Updates

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

October 24, 2014 Updates
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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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