NBA rumors: Warriors to waive Anderson Varejao, sign Briante Weber

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The 2015 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors have signed free agent center Anderson Varejao to a contract, the team announced today. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released.
Jeff Zillgitt: Varejao narrowed his choices to Warriors and Spurs. Would be something if he won title vs. Cavs.…
Paul Garcia: On the Anderson Varejao rumor with the Spurs, SA is already maxed with 15 contracts. Jonathon Simmons is least expensive ($525K), but he's a rotation piece. Rasual Butler, Matt Bonner and Ray McCallum all make $947K, so if Varejao agreed to sign with SA, one of those 3 would likely get waived.
Sam Amick: Warriors are doing their due diligence on Anderson Varejao, but you have to wonder if the if-it-ain't-broke-don't-fix-it rule doesn't apply.
Sam Amick: They'd have to cut a player to make room for him, plus I'd wonder how Festus Ezeli - who is a restricted free agent this summer - might feel.
Sam Amick: Last & not least, this is not the same Anderson Varejao from a few years ago. BUT Jason Thompson hasn't panned out, so worth looking at.
Sources say Varejao, for his part, plans to take the weekend to clear his head before seriously thinking about his next destination. The Cavaliers are the only team Varejao has played for in his 12 NBA seasons, prompting the Brazilian to issue a warm thank you letter to Cavs fans Friday.
Marc J. Spears: Anderson Varejao still shocked about being traded by Cavs, source said, but clears waivers Sat, is getting moderate interest & is in no rush. Anderson Varejao was one of those rare NBA players to play over 10 seasons with one team with 12 in Cleveland. Change certainly will be odd.
The Warriors were understandably quiet at the trade deadline and would have to open a spot on their 15-man roster to sign Varejao if they decide to go ahead with recruiting him and mutual interest ensues. But the reigning champs also appear to have a need for an extra big body inside given the recent loss for at least six weeks of key backup Festus Ezeli to knee surgery.
Shortly after the trade was officially announced, the Blazers waived Varejao, making him a free agent. Per league rules, the Cavs, even if they want him back, are ineligible to re-sign him for one year. That likely won't stop another team from showing interest, with the Atlanta Hawks being a possibility now that they are without big man Tiago Splitter.
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“I think the biggest thing I learned is that the League, the media, nobody will care until you’re winning,” he tells SLAM. “I could feel bad for myself all I want about [how] people didn’t respect or appreciate the season I had, or anything, but I didn’t win a lot of games. So, I think that’s been the biggest thing that I’ve locked in on and I decided within. I have to win games if I want people to respect my name, and if not, then I can’t be mad at people not watching enough games and how I really play. That’s the challenge that I’ve tried to take on. I’ve talked to teammates [and] we’re all trying to take that challenge on. I think that’s the next step for us.”
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Years later, Billups experienced the same things with Ham as a teammate with the Pistons, one of Ham’s six NBA homes. “I’m sure if you talked to the guys that he played with, he was probably their favorite-teammate type dude. He was always so competitive,” Billups said. “He brought the heat to practice every day. Every time he got in the game, he just raised the level of play. He’s the man. Not one person would say anything bad about him. “He’s that guy.”
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