Trans. Oct 31 3:44 ET (Oct 31 3:44 ET ) Best known for his wild hair and hustle, Anderson Varejao's heart and hard work got him a new contract with the Cavaliers. Cleveland signed its starting center to a contract extension on Friday. He's making $9.7 million this season and would have been eligible to become a free agent this summer before the Cavs decided to lock him up for a few more seasons. ''Anderson represents how this franchise wants to approach the game of basketball, both on the court and off,'' Cavaliers general manager David Griffin said.
Anderson Varejao started at center against the Knicks on Thursday with 10 points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 27 minutes.
The Scoop:It's going to be a split at the center spot, but Varejao has been a solid player to own even with minutes in the mid 20s. He is worth owning in standard leagues while he's healthy and should have better lines than this one.
The Scoop:Varejao's constant hustle has garnered praise from teammate LeBron James, and James has said that Varejao is one the best teammates he's ever had. Health will always be a concern for the Brazilian big man, but his ability to gobble up the boards makes him well worth owning in standard leagues. If he goes down for an extended period of time at any point this season, Tristan Thompson will be a hot pickup off the waiver wire.
(The Sports Xchange) - The Cleveland Cavaliers and center Anderson Varejao are close to agreeing on a contract extension, ESPN.com reported Thursday. The deal would be for three years at an estimated $30 million, starting with the 2015-16 season. The Brazilian native is in the final year of a six-year, $42.5 million contract. He is making $9.7 million this season. - - San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, the MVP of the 2014 NBA Finals, will make his season debut Friday night against the Phoenix Suns. ...
The Scoop:The two sides were reportedly close earlier in the week, and it sounds like there is a good chance a deal is done before very long at all. It will be very interesting to see how Varejao's new deal impacts the chances of the Cavs also giving Tristan Thompson an extension.
The Scoop:This has been speculated for some time now, but Blatt officially confirmed it on Friday. This means that Tristan Thompson will come off the bench, and Varejao makes for a solid late-round selection for his ability to gobble up the boards. Health will be an issue for Varejao, and if he goes down at any point this season, owners will want to immediately pick up Thompson.
Anderson Varejao, who had 22 points and eight rebounds on Monday, hit just 1-of-4 shots for two points and one rebound in 16 minutes on Wednesday.
The Scoop:LeBron James wasn't on hand to spread out the floor tonight, and it showed. Varejao is going to have some big games this season, but he's a huge injury risk. He's already dealing with some knee injuries and if he goes down, Tristan Thompson will likely take over in the middle. Varejao's worth owning, as usual, but owners have to prepare themselves for him to be shut down at some point due to injury.
The Scoop:Tristan Thompson is coming off the bench tonight. Over the weekend, coach David Blatt said he was going to treat this game like a regular season contest, so this is a telling development if what he said was true. Varejao is hurt quite a bit, but he does offer higher upside than Thompson.
Anderson Varejao (knee) started against the Bulls in Monday's exhibition, scoring 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting with eight rebounds, two steals and two blocks in just 23 minutes.
The Scoop:The numbers have to be taken with a preseason grain of salt but because David Blatt ran things as if tonight was a regular season game it looks like Varejao is the starting center. He's always been productive when healthy, but therein lies the problem and he's a late round selection only because of his record in that department.
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James rediscovers touch to lead Cavs over Bulls in OT (AFP) (1 Day Ago | courtesy: AFP) LeBron James bounced back from a sub-par performance in his Cleveland homecoming the night before to score 36 points as the Cavaliers defeated Chicago 114-108 in overtime on Friday. Thursday's loss to the New York Knicks surely wasn't the season-opener James was hoping for but that was all forgotten Friday at the United Center as the four-time most valuable player also had eight rebounds in the Cavaliers' first win of the young NBA season. "We took two steps forward tonight," said James. It was a far cry from his 17 points, eight turnovers against the Knicks. More...