NBA Rumor: Anderson Varejao Free Agency

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Cavaliers to apply for hardship exception to bring back 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).

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.

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Anthony Davis rips officiating after loss to Celtics: 'We got cheated'

“As much as you try not to put it on the officiating, it’s becoming increasingly difficult,” Ham said. “There’s a bunch of stuff we could have did better in this game, but for the most part, we competed our behinds off, played the right way, played together, stayed aggressive, playing down, playing in the paint. And it’s unfortunate that the game ends off a play like that.” “We got cheated,” forward Anthony Davis said.
“He fouled him. He fouled him. Clearly. Clearly,” said Davis, who had 16 points and 10 rebounds in his second game back from injury. “It’s bulls—. But at the end of the day, like, it’s unacceptable. And I guarantee nothing is gonna happen to the refs. We got cheated tonight, honestly. It’s a blatant foul. Pat [Beverly] got all ball on I think Brown — Jaylen Brown. They call a foul. And Bron gets smacked across the arm [and they don’t]. It’s unacceptable, to be honest. The refs were bad. They were bad tonight.”
Sources not authorized to speak publicly said the Lakers were quickly informed by NBA officiating staff after the game that a foul should’ve been called on the play. Later, crew chief Eric Lewis said the officials should’ve whistled a foul. “There was contact,” he told a pool reporter. “At the time, during the game, we did not see a foul. The crew missed the play.”
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