Anderson Varejao has proven to be a mainstay throughout a successful decade with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and he’s back for a comeback tour with his former team.
The Cavs announced on Tuesday that Varejao has signed a 10-day contract with the team, returning him to the team he played his first 12 seasons with. News of the move was first reported last week by Shams Charania from The Athletic, who wrote that the Cavs plan to sign Varejao for the remainder of the 2020-21 season.
“I am so excited to go back to Cleveland and come back in the Cavaliers jersey, continuing to create memories and represent the city and the franchise that I love so much,” Varejao said in a statement Tuesday. “I am very grateful to Dan Gilbert and Koby Altman for this opportunity and I am extremely grateful for the love and support of my wife, Stacy, and my daughter, Serenee. I can’t wait to join my teammates and meet the fans, on and off the pitch. “
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After a final NBA round with the Golden State Warriors in 2016-17, when he averaged just 6.6 minutes in 14 appearances, Varejao has spent more than two years playing in his native Brazil.
“Andy embodies everything the City of Cleveland stands for and beyond, and we couldn’t be more excited to bring his experience, leadership and character back to this dressing room,” Cavs general manager Koby Altman said. in a press release. “His contagious work ethic and commitment to our community has earned him his rightful place in the fabric of this organization and all of Northeast Ohio… There aren’t many athletes who can impact basketball like Andy did during his career, and I believe our players will benefit greatly from their daily interaction with him.
Varejao averaged 7.3 points and 7.2 rebounds in 13 NBA seasons with the Cavs and Warriors, winning second-team All-Defensive honors in 2010.