Anderson Varejao’s name is one that always comes up around the trade deadline. However, Cleveland’s high asking price has never matched up with what contenders were willing to offer.
Expect that to change this season and for Varejao to trade in his wine and gold uniform for that of a contender’s.
The 6”11 Brazilian is in the midst of a breakout season, averaging a league leading 15.3 rebounds per game as well as 15.1 points per contest.
Varejao has done away with flopping and is using his energy and athleticism to effectively guard opposing big men.
He is also shooting a career-high 78 percent from the free throw line, and has shown significant improvement in his jump shot, developing a consistent mid-range game. Varejao is also a skilled passer, averaging 3.3 assists per game. Furthermore, His ability to run the floor is a dream come true for any point guard.
If he does in fact get traded, Varejao will be one of the biggest, if not the biggest, acquisitions of the season. He is also the player who could make the difference in who wins the 2012-2013 NBA Championship.