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Trade talk for Anderson Varejao expected to heat up

Dec 2, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

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The Cavaliers aren’t exactly having a great season, but if nothing else they play hard just about every time out under head coach Byron Scott. Once Kyrie Irving returns from injury things should improve a bit, but even in his absence, Anderson Varejao is making an impact in every one of his court appearances.

Varejao has always been known for his hustle, and for his excessive flopping in lieu of playing legitimate defense in seasons past. But that part of his game has thankfully disappeared almost entirely, and now he’s an efficient scorer when he gets his opportunities, and an absolute monster on the glass, leading the league in that department with an average of 15.3 rebounds per game.

Teams have inquired about Varejao’s availability before, but haven’t offered enough in a trade package to entice Cleveland into giving him up. With the improvement in Varejao’s game this season, that might very well change.

From Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

The Anderson Varejao trade talk will heat up again, especially with the incredible Cavalier leading the NBA in rebounding — by far — at [now 15.3] per game. And he’s averaging 14.9 points, without the Cavs running a play for him. Varejao is shooting a career-high 78 percent from the foul line, and making 15-footers regularly in the flow of the game.

In the past, there has been a lot of trade talk about Varejao, but the Cavs never were real close to trading their 6-10 veteran. Their price has always been high — something like a lottery pick and perhaps other young players. The teams that treasure Varejao’s skills are contenders with low draft picks. That has not created suitable trading partners.

It’s possible — with Varejao having a career season — that could change. Oklahoma City owns multiple picks, including a possible lottery pick that originally belonged to Toronto (protected for picks 1 to 3). You can imagine Varejao adding some lightning to the Thunder. But who knows if there will be a deal.

If the Thunder were to be able to put together a package to get Varejao, go ahead and put them right near the top of the list of teams that are favorites to win the title this year. The upgrade over Kendrick Perkins in the starting lineup would simply be massive.

There’s a durability question with Varejao that might make Oklahoma City, or anyone thinking about dealing lottery picks wary of doing so, and there’s also the issue of just how many times Cleveland wants go back to the draft before it assembles a roster with some legitimate veterans that can get them more quickly back to the postseason in the not ultra-competitive Eastern Conference.

One thing is certain: the offers will definitely be rolling in. It’s something worth watching as the trade deadline approaches.

  1. goraidersgospurs - Dec 2, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Would love to see him in Black & silver!!!

  2. bangwai - Dec 2, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    I’ve never really been a Cavs fan, even when Bron was with them (i’m from Ohio), but i’m glad Varejao is having a good season. Good for him.

  3. coasttocoast12 - Dec 2, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    Glad to see him getting some recognition, might not be one of the names when peopel are talking about the best C’s but you can see that he puts a lot of effort in his game.

  4. cosanostra71 - Dec 2, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    There’s a durability question with Varejao that might make Oklahoma City, or anyone thinking about dealing lottery picks wary of doing so,

    Why would any team bad enough to have a lottery pick be considering trading that pick for a 30 year old that is good but not good enough to turn around a team?

  5. ff56101 - Dec 2, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    If he goes to OKC, there’s no expectation of ‘turning a team around’.

  6. connaniii - Dec 2, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    Varejeao is obvoiusly a late developer , but after watching Duncan having the season he´s having at 37, I believe that Varejao is a young 30…

  7. connaniii - Dec 2, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    Varejeao is obviously a late developer, but after watching Duncan having the season he´s having at 37, I believe that Varejao is a young 30…

  8. 00maltliquor - Dec 2, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    Why in the world would the Cavs even consider trading him!!?? No wonder LeBron left!

    • source7769 - Dec 2, 2012 at 10:28 PM

      really ? really ? you trade him whiles he has value hes not going to be this good all yr long , lets not compare him to james leaving either varejao is no franchise cornerstone

      • 00maltliquor - Dec 2, 2012 at 10:50 PM

        I bet you he will!

        Btw, wasn’t referring him to LeBron as a cornerstone, was just insinuating that CLE is a top 5 worst run franchise in the league that have no clue how to deal with player personnel, who to keep, who to draft, who to let go and who they can sign, etc. etc.

    • comebackkidd - Dec 3, 2012 at 4:32 PM

      clueless clueless man you!! lol

  9. Louis Tumblin - Dec 2, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    Reblogged this on 69Sports Zone and commented:
    Cleveland will take a big step back if they trade Varejao. With Irving out he is the best player on the team, He should be strong contener for most improved player in the NBA.

  10. clevelandschronic2 - Dec 2, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    Malt u say that cleveland has no clue how to run a team lmao. We are such a young team right now and with varejao having this breakout season why not get max value outta him by making a trade for lottery picks. The last thing we as cleveland fans want is to rush this team along hoping to get the 8th seed in the playoffs jus to get bounced out in the first round. That doesnt help when your drafting in the middle of the draft where there is no franchise/impact player. So if hes traded and we lose a bunch we get a better pick. Which means a better chance to get that franchise/impact player. When is the last time u seen a dwade lebron or a kyrie drafted later than the 10. So Malt you obviously have no idea about how teams in small markets are built. Do u see dwight signing here in cleveland anytime soon.(Not happening) Or maybe we should jus hope lebron comes back in 5 years or whenever(i dont want him back). No we have to build through the draft and trades! You are clueless about us Malt

    • 00maltliquor - Dec 3, 2012 at 1:23 AM

      LOL yeeeeah buuuddy! You sound like a re-hashed idea from one of these PBT bloggers. That chronic must be good!

      Ever hear of Paul Pierce (10th)? Kobe Bryant (13th), Steve Nash (15th)? Marc Gasol (56th), Manu Ginobili (50-something-th), Tony Parker (29th), Rajon Rondo (21st?)?, etc., etc., etc., etc. etc. ………

      Man, I could go so hard on you but I’mma leave it alone. Your probably a cool dude in real life but just questionable with bball knowledge.

      BTW, that whole “middle-of-the-pack” b.s. theory is just hogwash as far as I’m concerned. F what these bloggers on here say. If you have the chance to make the playoffs, DO IT!!!!

      It’s not like CLE is gonna win a championship in the next 20-30 years anyways! You are not gonna luck into another LeBron James. Draft picks and “potential” are pretty overrated. Why pray on potential when you got a sure thing like Varejao? It’s not like you’re gauranteed to get a better player then him.

      Who you gonna use those draft picks on anyways? Another Dion Waiters? Another Tristan Thompson? The best you guys might do is draft someone, who in 5-6 years, can average 14-14…….wait…..YOU ALREADY GOT THAT!!!!!!!!

      Even if you max out as a perrienial 7-8th seed for half a decade and get bounced out the 1st every year, WHO CARES!!? At least you made the post-season! At least your crappy city generates ADDITIONAL REVENUE!!! Might even be a slightly better/attractive destination to 2nd tier FAs if you guys put up a fight and even make it to the playoffs by the skin of your teeth as the lil’ engine that could instead of just bending over and taking it, praying to “Suck for Luck”!

      Get real kid, and pass that chrondo to the left hand side!

  11. bengzki - Dec 2, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    Varejao for Perkins would be ideal, with Westbrook and KD taking shots, all he had to do is rebound till the end. He also knows how to move without the ball specially under the rim which is more enticing with how the OKC plays.

    But again, Cavs would be crazy if they take this without picks included.

    (Joel Anthony for Varejao would also be great haha!)

    • bougin89 - Dec 3, 2012 at 11:03 AM

      Varejao would be an absolute huge upgrade over Perkins. The Cavs would have to get at least one first round draft pick and probably a young player as well if they were to take on Perkins’ contract in this trade.

  12. clevelandschronic2 - Dec 2, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    Im still undecided about trading this guy. He is the Hardest worker in THE NBA. He has an endless amount of energy. And even his jumper is looking great. But i see why he could be traded. My only hope is we get a high draft pick preferably top 8.

    • savvybynature - Dec 3, 2012 at 12:47 AM

      A top 8 pick would be OK, but what about getting a guy like Splitter and a pick or Euro prospect? Splitter is an above average legit center now, which is not an easy thing to come by.
      Top big prospects go top 3 in every draft, and Cleveland needs one seeing as how they already decided to build around the top PG prospect in the league.

      • 00maltliquor - Dec 3, 2012 at 1:21 AM

        That would be a horrible trade. Plus Zeller is better then Splitter, NOW. Zeller going to be pretty good. he’ll for sure be an overpaid 8-10 million dollar C in the L in another 5 or so years when his rookie contract runs out.

      • savvybynature - Dec 3, 2012 at 2:14 AM

        Zeller better than Splitter now? Lol.
        Zeller’s PER is 10; Splitter’s is 20.
        I like Zeller, but you are wrong. Trading for picks could work too though. I’m just not sure Cleveland gets who they need drafting outside the top 5. Other than Uncle Drew, they haven’t really had that much luck drafting in recent years. Splitter is a known commodity at least. Varejao is 30 and has a history of injuries, so not sure why you keep him around to mess up your draft position.

      • 00maltliquor - Dec 3, 2012 at 2:30 AM

        Yeah,I was being a bit over zealous (slightly) but I still would take Zeller 101 times out of 100 over Splitter. Any day of the week.

  13. zzr600guy - Dec 3, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    If the Cavs can get a lottery pick and maybe a decent young player in return they should do it. Andy is awesome but he deserves to be on a contender and doesn’t fit the youth movement in Cleveland.

    • krookmil - Dec 5, 2012 at 9:49 AM


      • krookmil - Dec 5, 2012 at 9:50 AM

        he does not fit in OKC because is a quick team…he really fits in a team like boston celtics…just rebound thats it

  14. dko83 - Dec 3, 2012 at 3:55 AM

    Times like these, be thankful you’re not a Cavs fan.

  15. lemfax - Dec 3, 2012 at 6:54 AM

    Pau-varejao hmmmmn

  16. comebackkidd - Dec 3, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    OKC seems like the perfect trading partner, they got young talent ie., perry jones III.. they got 2 1st round picks… i believe? TOR and their own.. so i say if they want andy bad enough, they will have to give us PJIII, (6’11 athletic SF? and we can put him at the 4 also… ) and TOR picks, and ALSO their own pick. atleast their 2nd round pick but one 1st round pick for andy doesnt seem to sound right. andy is a superstar without the glamour.

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