Even with the best record in the NBA, the Golden State Warriors aim to improve their current roster and are reportedly the frontrunners for acquiring free agent Anderson Varejao in the latest NBA news on Sunday.
Marc Stein of ESPN reported the Varejao to Golden State update on Twitter.
Golden State has emerged as the heavy favorite to sign Anderson Varejao after he clears waivers later today, according to league sources.
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) February 21, 2016
The 33-year-old forward from Brazil has played all of his 12 NBA seasons with just one team, the Cleveland Cavaliers but was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers in a three-way deal that brought Channing Frye to LeBron James’ team. The Trail Blazers immediately waived him to make him available in free agency for other teams.
Others reportedly interested in Varejao are other Western Conference contenders like the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder.
Varejao has struggled with injuries the past few NBA seasons and it has limited his playing time with the Cavaliers. In the 2015-2016 NBA Season, he has played in 31 games averaging 2.6 points and 2.9 rebounds in 10.0 minutes per game.
The Cavaliers did not use Varejao due to the presence of Kevin Love, Timofey Mozgov and Tristan Thompson in their line-up.
The Warriors are the best team in the league with 49 wins against 5 losses so far this season. However, they had to deal with injuries to centers Festus Ezeli and Andrew Bogut throughout the season and could need another big man like Varejao.
Varejao is known not for his scoring but is an energetic center that can help out on rebounding and defense.
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