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Old 12-15-12, 10:56 PM
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Anderson Varejao ‘highly available’ in trade, but asking price remains high

The trade talk for Anderson Varejao has been consistently present in recent seasons, but the asking price the Cavaliers organization placed on him has always been too steep for teams to consider.

That might change this year, with Varejao leading the league in rebounding and having an All-Star caliber season — even if, as we discussed on our weekly podcast, the fans have been slow to realize it.

Despite Varejao’s improved performance, he’s still believed to be available for other teams to acquire via trade.

The price tag, however, is likely on the rise.

From Marc Stein of ESPN.com:
We shared with you in a recent Weekend Dime how one Eastern Conference team official routinely refers to Varejao’s run of double-doubles this season as the Brazilian’s “Get Me Out of Cleveland” tour.

Various teams have chimed in since to say that Varejao is highly available, as he has been for the past few seasons, but likewise expressed a good amount of skepticism about his actually moving before the trade buzzer in February because the Cavs’ perpetually high asking price has only gone up.
In other words, unless a team with both young assets and a high draft pick comes calling and is willing to pay a hefty price for Varejao’s services, don’t expect him to be moved just yet.

The last time we talked about the Varejao situation, we mentioned the Thunder as the team that would benefit the most from the addition of a player with his skill set. They have the combination of players and picks that the Cavaliers would likely be seeking, but Stein also reports that OKC hasn’t shown very much interest.

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Old 12-16-12, 02:15 PM
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I dont want to think of OKC having Varejao on that team... That wouldnt be good for the Spurs at all.
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Varejao wouldn't do much for OKC. He wouldn't do much for the Spurs either. He is overrated. I isn't such a feat to average 5.6 Offensive rebounds per game on a team that shoot the 2nd worst FG% in the league at 41%. Especially when you play 36 minutes per game. What would he do with 22 minutes on a team shooting 49% (OKC) or 48% (Spurs)?
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Old 12-16-12, 06:24 PM
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Varejao wouldn't do much for OKC. He wouldn't do much for the Spurs either. He is overrated. I isn't such a feat to average 5.6 Offensive rebounds per game on a team that shoot the 2nd worst FG% in the league at 41%. Especially when you play 36 minutes per game. What would he do with 22 minutes on a team shooting 49% (OKC) or 48% (Spurs)?
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Varajeo can't shoot and he needs the ball to create, something he won't get with Westbrook and Durant consistently to keep up his play. defensively he's about the same as Perkins with quicker feet but more foul prone (no way can he even play with Perkins because they'll be in the paint the whole time anyway).

no offense to ProBasketballTalk but one of their guys was saying how the Lakers should trade for Al Jefferson because he fits D'Antoni's system. if you ever watched D'Antoni coach on a consistent basis, you'd realize that'd be the dumbest move ever because he's too slow in that system. take any "expert" opinion with a grain of salt, the negatives of OKC getting Varajeo would outweight any positive. Varajeo is playing on a team with no expectations and he has more possessions than he would in a team that would compete, playing on a horrible team does have its perks.
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