When Anderson Varejao clears waivers, he is going to be a wanted man by some NBA contenders.
The 11-year veteran was traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Portland Trail Blazers in a three-team swap Thursday and placed on waivers soon after the deal was completed. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst said on ESPN Cleveland radio that he is already hearing from teams that want Varejao, and that the Oklahoma City Thunder are “on him fast” and he believes it’s possible the Los Angeles Clippers and Chicago Bulls could want him also.
Varejao, 33, has played for the Cavaliers his entire NBA career, dating back to 2004. He was with Cleveland when it made it to the Finals in 2007 and 2015, and he has played in 71 career postseason games. His experience in the playoffs is, no doubt, what teams are after.
Varejao, who tore his Achilles last season, made his return to action on Oct. 27 for Cleveland, and he has since played in 31 of the Cavaliers’ games this season. In 10 minutes per game, Varejao averaged 2.6 points and 2.9 rebounds, though he scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds in his last game with Cleveland on Feb. 10 against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Should the Thunder get him, Varejao will be a solid veteran addition to a team that figures to go deep in the playoffs. At 40-14, Oklahoma City has the third-best record in the NBA.