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Chris Fedor: #Cavs officially signed Anderson Varejao
In hopes of bringing back beloved Anderson Varejao on a celebratory contract, the Cleveland Cavaliers are soon going to apply for a hardship exception, league sources tell cleveland.com. Cleveland’s roster is full. Both two-ways are taken (Jeremiah Martin and Brodric Thomas). Mfiondu Kabengele is getting the last roster spot Saturday, signing a non-guaranteed multi-year deal. Even though the Cavs are considering the possibility of signing Varejao, 38, as a way of honoring him for 12 decorated seasons and letting him finish his NBA career in Cleveland while receiving a proper sendoff, they need to do some roster maneuvering first — and get league approval for a temporary 18th spot (including two-ways).
According to NBA rules, teams can apply for the hardship exception if they have four players who have missed at least three games due to illness or injury and will continue to be out at least two weeks. Unlike past seasons, one of those players can be a two-way.
Shams Charania: 13-year NBA veteran Anderson Varejao plans to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the remainder of the season, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Varejao is returning to the franchise with which he’s spent 12 decorated years.
Chris Fedor: On #Cavs plan to sign Anderson Varejao: It’s still a bit tricky here. They don’t currently have an available roster spot. They are still working through that but it’s something they have been wanting to do and are hopeful will get done.
Something else I assumed about Varejao: his NBA career is over after 13 seasons, mostly with the Cavs and then parts of two years with the Warriors. We’ll see on that, but Varejao, 36, said his contract is up and he’s wondering what’s next. “I am focused on the World Cup, and trying to do my best with Brazil, and trying to help Brazil accomplish something big, but it wouldn’t be bad to come back to Cleveland,” Varejao said, smiling.
Don’t misread — the Cavs have not shown interest in their former power forward, the one Clevelanders called “Wild Thing” for his Sideshow Bob hairdo and frenetic energy on the court. Nor is Varejao necessarily looking for a training camp invite from an NBA team; he’s thinking more along the lines of being added to a roster afterward, as an end-of-bench guy who can mentor younger players.
The Cavs waived guard DeAndre Liggins to create a roster spot for the playoffs, and Anderson Varejao is among the names being considered.
Varejao, the Cleveland fan favorite who was traded last season after 12 years with the Cavs, is an option if they decide to sign another post player. But there are some factors working against him — his 1.3 points and 1.9 rebounds in very limited action for the Golden State Warriors is just one. Varejao hasn’t played in a game since Feb. 2 after the Golden State Warriors waived him in — and Cleveland would apparently prefer someone who’s been playing in games.
The Cavs may not want another forward/center, assuming Tristan Thompson returns from a sprained right thumb. They’ve said Larry Sanders is Thompson’s backup, but coach Tyronn Lue hasn’t played Sanders in any meaningful minutes since Thompson’s been out with a sprained thumb.
Varejao, the popular former Cavs big man waived by the Warriors, is now eligible to return to Cleveland’s roster as a free agent. Because the Cavs traded him last February, league rules prevent him from rejoining the team for a But don’t expect the Cavs to sign anyone until after the trade deadline passes at 3 p.m. Thursday.
Chris Haynes: Veteran center Anderson Varejao has cleared waivers, league sources tell ESPN. He’s now a free agent. Golden State waived him Friday.
Connor Letourneau: Kerr called waiving Varejao “the toughest moment I’ve ever had in the league in terms of personnel decisions.” Lauded Varejaeo’s work ethic.
Varejao is prohibited from signing with the Cavs until Feb. 18 at the earliest. Because Cleveland traded him to Portland on that date last year, and league rules prohibit a player from returning to the team that traded him for one year, he can’t become a Cav for two more weeks.
Darren Wolfson: #Twolves among those that make sense… – RT: Brian Windhorst: Expect Anderson Varejao to be waiver claim target for teams below salary cap floor. Could save a team $940K by doing so.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources on @The Vertical: Golden State is waiving Anderson Varejao, clearing way to sign D-League guard Briante Weber to a 10-day contract
Diamond Leung: Anderson Varejao has renewed his contract with the Warriors for another year, according to his PR agency.
Marc Stein: The Warriors are nearing agreement on re-signing Brazilian big man Anderson Varejao to a one-year contract, according to league sources.
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.
Diamond Leung: Anderson Varejao drew interest from the Oklahoma City Thunder, Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks & San Antonio Spurs, according to his agency.
Marc J. Spears: The Warriors cut forward Jason Thompson to make roster room for Anderson Varejao, a source said.
Jeff Zillgitt: Varejao narrowed his choices to Warriors and Spurs. Would be something if he won title vs. Cavs. twitter.com/usatodaynba/st…
Shams Charania: Andy Varejao has reached agreement with the Golden State Warriors, league sources tell The Vertical.
Marc J. Spears: Adding to @Shams Charania report, Warriors sign forward-center Anderson Varejao to a vet minimum deal for the rest of the season.
Marc Stein: Golden State has emerged as the heavy favorite to sign Anderson Varejao after he clears waivers later today, according to league sources.
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.
Marc Stein: With David Lee and Steve Novak off the market, attention turns to Anderson Varejao, who is drawing interest from Warriors, Spurs and Thunder
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 told ESPN.com that the Warriors are among the playoff teams, along with Oklahoma City, San Antonio and Dallas, currently investigating the prospect of signing Varejao, who is scheduled to clear waivers Sunday after his trade from Cleveland to Portland and subsequent release by the Trail Blazers.
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.
Marc Stein: ESPN sources say that Golden State is among the teams contemplating a run at soon-to-be free agent Anderson Varejao
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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Michael Grange: Raptors have made official multi-year deal for Shi Mykailiuk and signed Reggie Perry to bring their roster of camp invites to 20.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Simmons is clearly aware of sanctions available to organization to fine and suspend him, including withholding of salary. But so far, Simmons appears willing to carry out a plan of forcing his way to a new team. Sixers have yet to find a a trade they’re willing to make for him.
Right now, the Rockets have 14 fully guaranteed contracts for the season. Khryi Thomas, Armoni Brooks, Dante Exum and Daishen Nix are on non-guaranteed contracts. Matthew Hurt and Anthony Lamb are Houston’s designated two-way players. So how will the depth chart look like when camp officially opens next week? Before we dive in, there are a few things to note. This year’s group will spend time both in Houston and Galveston for camp, sources tell The Athletic. In past seasons, the Rockets have traveled to areas like Lake Charles, La., the Bahamas and Las Vegas.
Silas should have no trouble with ballhandling and half-court execution with names like Porter, Green and House on the floor together — Tate and Wood aren’t scrubs in that department, either. House also improved defensively last season even while taking a step back offensively (statistically speaking). He already has the upper hand heading into camp. Recently, he’s been developing on-court chemistry with Green. The Rockets have been hosting intra-roster scrimmages for the past few weeks, and sources say the Green-House-Sengun-Lamb team has been dominating. Green and House have played well off each other, which bodes well for the weeks ahead.
What have you done to improve your game this summer? Or what have you worked on mostly? Jaylen Brown: Mostly just trying to heal, and playmaking is one thing. I’ll definitely be more of a playmaker this season, for sure. Just making the right plays and empowering my teammates. I just want to win games, man. So, every year I just approach the season as just trying to get better. My body feels a lot better. I’m more athletic than I was last season. I had knee problems last year that were lingering and I hope that I won’t have this season. Somebody told me I had 12, probably like, 15 dunks in 58 games, or something like that. I’m like, ‘That’s not me.’ So, getting back to being athletic, running, just going having fun, being a playmaker, and having more responsibility. Different coach, so I’m looking forward to that journey and that process as well.
Will you be ready and participating at the beginning of Celtics training camp? Jaylen Brown: Yeah, that’s the goal. My wrist has been healing. Some days it’s better than others. I got to continue to push and work, but I’m excited to be there for camp. And I’m excited to be there with my teammates, and start to build, and start this journey, man. I missed a lot of time, so I’m looking at the season like I’m ready. I want to play. I’m ready. We started back so quickly [last season]. I didn’t really have an [offseason]. I was dreading coming into training camp, like, ‘Oh, man.’ I was already hurting. I had a good season, but my body barely kept up. So, this year I think I’ll be a lot better in that category.
Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown was ecstatic to see seven new African American head coaches, including one for his own franchise, get hired in the NBA this offseason regardless of what the true motive may have been. “Whether it was because they were just trying to shut us up, or because they actually believed it was the right thing to do, it don’t matter to me. That representation is important,” Brown, a 24-year-old African American, told The Undefeated. “And that’s giving people access and resources that they need and deserve to have, especially former players. They deserve to have a seat at the table too, especially in coaching positions, as well as in-office positions, ownership positions. Those are important as well, especially if they’re qualified.