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Anderson Varejao, entering contract year, says he wants to remain with Cavaliers

Sep 2, 2014, 9:59 AM EDT

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Anderson Varejao has played all 10 of his NBA seasons as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and if he has his way, he won’t ever play anywhere else.

Varejao is entering the final year of his contract, and will become an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of next season. But unlike players who use that situation to force a trade out of town, Varejao would prefer to remain in Cleveland not just beyond next season, but for the duration of his career, as well.

From Raul Barrigon of HoopsHype:

You’ve played 10 seasons in the NBA, all of them in Cleveland. You will be in a contract year this season. What do you expect?

AV: I want to stay in Cleveland, I really don’t think about that. They know what I want to do, they know I want to stay.

Would you like to retire in Cleveland?

AV: I want to.

There’s a comfort level playing for one team in one city over the life of one’s career, and with LeBron James and Kevin Love now in the fold, it’s not like there are many more exciting situations around the league for Varejao to pursue.

But what will be interesting to see is whether or not the Cavaliers feel the same way.

Varejao has been injury prone in recent years, and it’s unclear whether he can contribute enough defensively on a Cleveland team with championship aspirations. The Cavaliers are a bit thin in terms of their frontcourt rotation, and teams may be willing to take on Varejao’s expiring contract in trade.

If a deal involving Varejao could be made to improve the roster, Cleveland would be foolish not to consider it.

  1. jeffkx - Sep 2, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Hope Andy stays for the upcoming good times the Cavs will soon see. He was here for four years of absolutely dreadful basketball. Really also hope that the Cavs trade for a C who can start because anytime Andy is a starter for an extended period of time he gets hurt.

    • bougin89 - Sep 2, 2014 at 10:25 AM

      I agree. At this point Varajeo would be a great “hustle” guy off the bench for 20-25 minutes a game. That would hopefully keep him healthier as well.

      • jeffkx - Sep 2, 2014 at 2:50 PM

        Exactly. 20 mins a game would be perfect.

    • elComandanteenJefe - Sep 2, 2014 at 2:35 PM

      Not to burst your bubble, but the other teams in the East have improved significantly —- Wizards, Pistons, Bulls, Pacers…wait for it…. NOT!!! If this last NBA finals taught anything to anyone, it is that you need a complete team —- see the Spurs.

      By the way, do not sleep on the Bulls. This is not the same Bulls team that LeBron and the Heat faced these last few years.

  2. duhwighthoward - Sep 2, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    After LeBron opts out at the end of the season, Varejao will attempt to follow him wherever he goes.

    • ballerstatus2014 - Sep 2, 2014 at 5:17 PM

      Doubtful. One, Lebron isn’t leaving a SECOND time. Completely stupid. Also, Andy didn’t ring chase in Miami with him before. He stayed with the Cavs.

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