Anderson Varejao has signed with Golden State Warriors, Larry Brown Sports confirms. Anderson signed with Warriors on Sunday after clearing waivers. He had spent all 12 seasons of his career with Cleveland Cavaliers.
He was only dealt last week to Portland in a three-team trade that saw Cavaliers acquiring Channing Frye prior to the deadline. The Warriors have a 49-5 record. However, many of their key players are out with injury. Hence, the need to sign a big body like Anderson to play center.
Warriors’ Andrew Bogut is out with a strained right Achilles. He also missed Saturday’s game. Key backup Festus Ezeli is out with an injured left knee. He will be out at least until late March.
Varejao seems to be quite excited about the move. He posted a photo of the logo of Warriors and accompanied it with a message.
“Golden State Fans, excited for the opportunity do join you! Honored to join a great organization and I promise to give you my very best to contribute in every way I can! #18.”
Several teams like Spurs and Thunders were interested in Anderson besides Warriors.The Warriors on the other hand waived Jason Thompson to make room for Varejao.
His former team mate LeBron James however has no issue with Varejao joining Warriors. “Not at all. The man has to work. He’s got to work,” he said according to a Yahoo Sports report.
Echoing James, Tristan Thompson too said that it’s a business and wherever Anderson can keep playing the ball, he is happy for him. Thompson called him more than a teammate. For Thompson, he was a friend and a big brother, He also said that he is happy that Varejao has joined Golden State Warriors.
As for Varejao, he is happy that he has joined Warriors.
“I’m glad I came here, because I can tell they love each other. That’s what it’s about. When you want to win, you have to be like they are. Friends that have fun out there, have fun in the locker room. I’ve been here for a couple hours, but I can tell. I can tell this group, they love each other,” he said.