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Report: Cavaliers wanted DeAndre Jordan and Eric Bledsoe for Varejao

Jan 14, 2013, 12:59 PM EDT

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Injured or not, Anderson Varejao is one guy whose name will come up around the trade deadline — big men who work hard, defend and rebound are always in demand.

The buzz has been that Cleveland would listen to your offer but they wanted a lot back in return for Varejao. A lot.

And this little nugget out of the Cleveland Plain Dealer emphasizes the point (hat tip to my old friend Matt Moore at CBS’s Eye on Basketball for noticing this):

Varejao’s 14.4 rebounds per game led the league before his injury. They would demand much in return, as evidenced in the most recent trade rumor — that Cleveland was demanding Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe to be thrown into a proposed DeAndre Jordan for Varejao swap.

Are you nuts? Why not ask for Blake Griffin while you’re at it. And one of Donald Sterling’s homes.

(By the way, there is going to be a lot of Bledsoe buzz but Clippers are not going to trade him until this summer at the earliest because they want him as insurance in case they can’t re-sign Chris Paul.)

Two questions come to mind about Varejao. First, will the Cavaliers come to their senses on what they are willing to take back? My answer is “Dan Gilbert owns the team, who knows?”

The other is how much is the market for Varejao going to change with him injured? Varejao is out until late February or early March, some teams will still have interest because he’s the kind of hustling front line player who can make a difference in the playoffs. But their offers are not going up because of this. And the old offers weren’t cutting it.

In part because apparently the Cavaliers were already asking for the moon. And more.

  1. pudgalvin - Jan 14, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Well, you’re not going to trade him straight up for Jordan either. That’s just spinning your wheels. If you’re a contender you won’t have the picks that Cleveland wants so you’re going to have to sweeten the pot somehow.

    • LPad - Jan 14, 2013 at 2:11 PM

      exactly, who else would they ask for on the Clippers? It’s not like they got a ton of young talent outside of Blake, Griffin, and Bledsoe.

  2. dannymac17 - Jan 14, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    This is probably the most laughable trade scenario. They wouldn’t give up Bledsoe for Paul, why on earth would they give him up for an aging center who is currently injured.

    None of this makes any sense.

    Go ahead and keep him.

  3. abchome - Jan 14, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    In no way would the Clippers trade Bledsoe for an injury prone and injured hustling big man. Bledsoe was THE deal breaker to the trade for Chris Paul last December, and he is much better now than he was then.

  4. misterchainbluelightning - Jan 14, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    Like Danny said, keep him. I have zero pity for the Cavs, they can stay at the bottom forever for all I care, they are run like a last place team, fans still go to the games rather than sending a message and leaving the place empty. This goes for every team in Cleveland.

  5. mat9844 - Jan 14, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Must be a slow news day to cook up that unlikely scenario. Clips are on top and winning. Why mess with success?

  6. dtoms - Jan 14, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    At most, Varejao can bring back a lottery pick. Cavs need to accept that.

  7. cantonbound13 - Jan 14, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Fair trade: Rockets: Royce White & 1st rd pick for Varajeao.

    • slowclyde86 - Jan 14, 2013 at 3:05 PM

      Really? You must be a rockets fan.

      • ron05342 - Jan 14, 2013 at 5:45 PM

        I think he’s the Rockets owner.

    • ljl2 - Jan 14, 2013 at 3:26 PM

      so a mid first round pick and salary for a guy who won’t ever play. got it.

  8. ljl2 - Jan 14, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Peter Vescey is actually the one who first made comments about this almost a week ago…

    http://www.waitingfornextyear.com/2013/01/nba-rumor-cavaliers-had-discussions-with-clippers-about-varejao-and-jordan/

    • mytthor - Jan 14, 2013 at 10:53 PM

      Awesome, thanks!

  9. lakerluver - Jan 14, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    It doesn’t hurt to ask.

  10. franchiseplaya - Jan 14, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    maybe dan gilbert will trade him for lebron?

  11. Irootforaconferencebecausemyregionsucks - Jan 14, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    LA already gave the Cavs Kyrie Irving for a bag of magic beans, so I can understand why they don’t want to get owned at the trade table again.

  12. Irootforaconferencebecausemyregionsucks - Jan 14, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    And LOL @ Kurt for still being mad at Dan Gilbert for saying means things about his favorite player human being.

  13. jimsjam33 - Jan 15, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    I like Varejao , but for Jordan and Bledsoe ? If the Clippers traded either there would be revolt amongest their own players led by Blake Griffin and Chris Paul . .

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