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Scott says not to bother with Anderson Varejao trade rumors

Jan 12, 2012, 12:23 PM EDT

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Anderson Varejao is about to step back on the trade rumor circuit.

For as long as both he and Lebron James were together in Cleveland, Varejao came up in trade rumors because he was the one piece on that roster (other than LeBron) teams coveted. If the Cavs were going to bring talent in, Varejao was going to have to go out.

It never happened, then LeBron left and it seemed he would be traded, however talk died down when he tore ligaments in his ankle and missed much of the 2011 season. This season Varejao is healthy and playing the physical defense and doing the dirty work in the paint that plenty of teams could use.

You know Varejao’s name will come up in trade rumors again, but coach Byron Scott told the Akron Beacon Journal he wants to keep the Brazilian (via Eye on Basketball).

“It would have to be an unbelievable person to get back,” Scott said when asked if the Cavs could part with Varejao. “I look at him as one of the guys you look at and say ‘He’s not going anywhere.’ I just feel that strongly about him and what he means to this team.”

Consider that Scott trying to up the price. Varejao has three years and $27 million left on his deal for a role player that is of modest use to a rebuilding team. They can get some talent and picks back for him that helps them rebuild, and if that offer comes they have to seriously consider it. Varejao can help a contender right now, the Cavs are years away from being in that spot.

But would it shock me if the Cavs kept him? Nothing the Cavs do shocks me any more.

  1. sguy2130 - Jan 12, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Other than one obvious reason, a big reason why the Cavs lost 50 games in a row (ok..not that many) was due to the Varejao injury. Prior to that they were closer to a 30 win team. He is such a good rebounder and help defender it’s ridiculous, and his non-stop energy and effort are still shining this year. His inside scoring and free throw shooting has also continued to get better, and knocking down the occasionaly open jumper.

    I will miss him if he gets traded, but the Cavs should move him as by the time Irving and Thompson + 2012 draft pick are in their prime, Varejao will be getting too old. I fully expect him to be traded by the deadline barring injury. But you can’t give him away for nothing without regard as Kurt suggests. He’s a very good player.

  2. pl4tinum514 - Jan 12, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    He probably gives the Cavs between 8-12 extra possessions every single game all by himself.

  3. crafttractor1234 - Jan 12, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    Eff you Kurt. Can you post without taking shots at the Cavs? You are not a journalist, although you are an idiot. Piss off.

  4. krookmil - Dec 1, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    i could see him playing along garnett ( bass+rounds picks+cash or add lee or fab melo) i can see bass giving sparks at cleveland also lee

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