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Report: Anderson Varejao ‘highly available’ in trade, but asking price remains high

Dec 15, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

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The trade talk for Anderson Varejao has been consistently present in recent seasons, but the asking price the Cavaliers organization placed on him has always been too steep for teams to consider.

That might change this year, with Varejao leading the league in rebounding and having an All-Star caliber season — even if, as we discussed on our weekly podcast, the fans have been slow to realize it.

Despite Varejao’s improved performance, he’s still believed to be available for other teams to acquire via trade.

The price tag, however, is likely on the rise.

From Marc Stein of

We shared with you in a recent Weekend Dime how one Eastern Conference team official routinely refers to Varejao’s run of double-doubles this season as the Brazilian’s “Get Me Out of Cleveland” tour.

Various teams have chimed in since to say that Varejao is highly available, as he has been for the past few seasons, but likewise expressed a good amount of skepticism about his actually moving before the trade buzzer in February because the Cavs’ perpetually high asking price has only gone up.

In other words, unless a team with both young assets and a high draft pick comes calling and is willing to pay a hefty price for Varejao’s services, don’t expect him to be moved just yet.

The last time we talked about the Varejao situation, we mentioned the Thunder as the team that would benefit the most from the addition of a player with his skill set. They have the combination of players and picks that the Cavaliers would likely be seeking, but Stein also reports that OKC hasn’t shown very much interest.

  1. ukraiders - Dec 15, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    ill be the first to admit that im not into NBA as much as other sports but he just seems like a guy who is having the ability to stuff the stat sheet because he is on a bad team.

    • jimmygrahamchrisivory - Dec 16, 2012 at 12:22 AM

      I guess that means the same about Kyrie Irving according to your logic. Varejao has been barely average for a terrible Cleveland team the last two seasons and even when Lebron was there.

      He wasn’t the last pick in the 2nd round for nothing several years ago. It took him a while to develop in the type of player he’s been this season and has become a really good player. Averaging almost 14 ppg/15rpg nightly isnt just a statsheet stuffer, especially since only Zach Randolph, Love, and Dwight are the only other players averaging numbers close to that. Theres plenty of decent players on bad teams that would kill to have those type of #’s, even it would make them a stuffer

  2. abchome - Dec 15, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Pity Varejao’s wasted in Cleveland.

  3. 00maltliquor - Dec 15, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    I don’t for the life of me understand……why trade a player for a pick that you pray turns out to be as good as the player you traded away for said pick? It’s not like AV is 35 years old. They should be building with him.

  4. connorchew - Dec 15, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    if only philly had traded for him rather than bynum..

  5. progress2011 - Dec 15, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    Wouldn’t it be IRONIC if Varejao re-unites with LBJ and also takes his talents to South Beach….ahahahahah ! O.K. stop laughing and listen to the logic.

    The Heat could send any or all of these guys – Mike Miller, James Jones, Udonis Haslem and Shane Battier

    Those guys on the Heat, have all fought the good fight. As much as they are all good guys and they have earned a certain level of respect…BUT they no longer fill the needs of the Heat !!!

    Since Bosh plays so SOFT, he is basically a Small Forward. Varejao would seal up the middle, where the Heat are having the most issues. Plus the Heat have enough shooters, they don’t need Miller, Jones or Battier.

    The addition of the Veteran shooters (Miller, Battier and Jones) to the Cavs, would add an extra dimension for Irving to depend on. Then Haslem is still serviceable, in the paint.

    That Championship Veteran Presence would help Irving go to the next level and reach his full potential

    It’s a Win-Win for both teams.

    EXCEPT…the Cavs owner would rather be tarred and feathered, before he EVER helps LBJ win another ring……AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    • slowclyde86 - Dec 15, 2012 at 4:26 PM

      Absolutely hilarious. Sure, trade an all star for four really crappy players. Yeah, Cavs should totally do this. Or, better yet, they should trade Thompson, Zeller, Gibson and any random bench player for James and wade. That would give Miami outside shooting and inside presence. I am sure the heat would take that trade.

    • nav711 - Dec 15, 2012 at 5:29 PM

      Typical Miami fan… Stupid!! Why don’t you also trade Mario Chalmers to the Clippers for CP3 and Blake Griffin while you’re at it? Or Tannehill to the Patriots for Brady and Gronkowski? Or wait… what about Billy the Marlin to the Angels for Pujols and Hamilton????
      Get lost!!!!

    • savvybynature - Dec 15, 2012 at 10:40 PM

      Ridiculously homer trade proposal aside, in what way would that be “IRONIC?” You sir, are MORONIC.

    • progress2011 - Dec 16, 2012 at 2:37 AM

      I knew that comment would call out all the Cav fans..Let me check ya’ll, one by one !!!

      1. Slowthinkingcyde – Those “4 crappy players” have something NON of the current Cavs have – Championship experience. They all were instrumental in winning the Chip, just last year. If you can’t appreciate that type of experience on an inexperienced team….you don’t know NOTHIN bout sports.

      2. nav – I am a bball fan. But I’m not FANATICAL to have one team. I like multiple teams and just enjoy watching “FUNDAMENTAL” bball.

      3. Not Savvy- If you got something constructive to say…spit it out, so I can chop it down…. Otherwise your name calling means ZERO ….little BOY !!!! ahahahah

      • slowclyde86 - Dec 16, 2012 at 7:25 AM

        Ah, yes. Championship experience. If their “championship experience does not come with James attached its worth even less than your foolish comments. Stop embarrassing yourself.

      • heatrule - Dec 17, 2012 at 2:47 AM

        You’re smart. All the haters are dumb. Heat fan here, I would keep Haslem and Miller, Cavs don’t deserve those two champions. Probably keep battier too, I do however think Varejao is the missing piece the heat need. And I think Miami should seriously consider trading Bosh to get him. Bosh would give Cleveland a star power forward. Miami would finally have a real center. Haslem as the starting power forward, Shane at the 3, Lebron and Dwade as the backcourt.

  6. clevelandschronic2 - Dec 15, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    Progress are u mental.??? Did u read the article at all??? Why would the cavs trade AV to the heat and help them win a title. And for the players u mentioned lol wow. We want draft picks not washed up players or the scrubs u mentioned. Lol its obvious you know absolutely nothing??

    • progress2011 - Dec 16, 2012 at 2:42 AM

      Cleveland homer smoking chronic !!!

      The real question is did you read what I wrote ! Who cares about the article ! The fact is, the Cavs want to move Varejao.

      My proposal is for Cleveland to give LBJ something in return for all the years he helped such a horrid city ! I mean he actually lived there, even though he was a Multi- Millionaire….Who does that !

      Giving him a player in Varejao, that may help him win ring #2, is the LEAST gilber-grape can do !


  7. chief0727 - Dec 15, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    It wasn’t that long ago when the Cavs signed Varejo to a new contract they were being ridiculed by the national media and ignorant basketball fans of how over paid and awful he was. It’s really a damn shame that it has taken this long for people to realize what a good player he is. I hope the Cavs keep him, but if their dead set on trading him, he deserves to get sent to a championship contender !

    • progress2011 - Dec 16, 2012 at 2:46 AM


      You make my point even more valid for gilbert grape and the rest of the mad Cav fans. You are rational, even if you are a Cav fan.

      Varejao going to South Beach would be Varejao’s best opportunity to win a Chip.


  8. fanofevilempire - Dec 16, 2012 at 8:11 AM

    stock dropped, blew the free throw against the Knicks!

    who would want to play in Cleveland anyway…….

    maybe he will take his talent to Miami…………..

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