The Cleveland Cavaliers have an absolutely dire need for depth at center, but they don’t need to scour for starting talent. They already have one of the better centers in the NBA as Anderson Varejao is locked in as the starter and is ready to be a part of a LeBron James-Kevin Love frontcourt.
But he’s not made of steeel or stone, and there’s a chance that Varejao could go down with an injury and get replaced in the lineup by someone like JaVale McGee or Timofey Mozgov. With Kevin Love playing power forward, the only place for Varejao to go is center or the bench.
Varejao doesn’t want anything to change though — like, ever — as he told HoopsHype in a Q&A session that he wants to retire with the Cavs.
You will be in a contract year this season. What do you expect?
AV: I want to stay in Cleveland, I really don’t think about that. They know what I want to do, they know I want to stay.
Would you like to retire in Cleveland?
AV: I want to.
Cavs fans have fallen in love with the mop-topped Brazilian big man and for good reason. There was rumors he could get traded to the Orlando Magic in the Dwight Howard trade a few years ago but the Cavs held off. He’s not an elite center but he’s in the upper echelon of big men in the game.
He isn’t likely to be replaced anytime soon, and if Varejao has his say in it, that’ll be the way things stay.
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