Former Cleveland Cavaliers forward Anderson Varejao had agreed to sign on with defending NBA champions the Golden State Warriors for a veteran’s minimum.
The Brazilian revealed that he will be staying with the Warriors for the remainder of the season.
Varejao spent his entire 12-year NBA career with the Cavs, and had recently been dealt to Portland after the Blazers acquired him from the Cavs. The Blazers promptly waived Varejao although he still has two years and nearly $14 million in guaranteed money left on his contract after this season.
At 49-5, the Warriors holds the best record in this season team performances but is somewhat injury-plagued.
They are especially short on their attacking front, with Festus Ezeli recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery and Andrew Bogut nursing an Achilles injury.
The timing of Varejao’s arrival could not be better as he is poised to provide relief for the Warriors’ ranks; his 6-foot-10 frame would contribute and probably even raise the team’s average size.
In a corresponding move, Warriors will be releasing their own forward Jason Thompson for an open roster spot.