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Had to come off vacation for this

Posted on: July 9, 2009 1:33 pm
Anderson Varejao, the new $50 million man? Anderson Varejao?


Anderson Varejao is bad. As in, not good. He's a triple threat -- he can't pass, handle or shoot.

He's not worth $50 million over six years. He's not worth $50 million over 60 years.

Here's where you tell me to shut up, that Cleveland GM Danny Ferry knows more basketball than I do. And maybe you're right. Then again, Ferry's the one who thought the corpse known as Zydrunas Ilgauskas could compete in the NBA playoffs. And Ferry's the one who just gave Anderson Varejao $50 million.

Thanks for ruining my vacation, Ferry. I was relaxing. By the pool. Sipping Shirley Temple. Even having a drink, too. (Rim shot.) But I had to come off vacation to write about this. About the end of the world as we know it. About Anderson Varejao getting $50 million to average six points and six rebounds per game.

Imagine if he averaged nine and nine. They'd rename the team after him.
Category: NBA
Tags: Idiot GMs

Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: July 16, 2009 9:46 pm

Had to come off vacation for this

Question: What do you get when you average 7 ppg in the playoffs, flop more times per game than Vlade Divac, and can't play offense or defense in the NBA?

Answer: $50 million from the Cavs.

If the Cavs meet up with the Celtics in the playoffs, we will "witness" Lebron exiting the playoffs before the NBA Finals....again. Varejao and Big Z can't guard KG or Dwight Howard....good luck advancing with that problem going unsolved.

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: July 11, 2009 12:12 am

Had to come off vacation for this

I am with everyone who thinks this signing is ridiculous.  You do not pay a bench player who gets the minutes and has the production of Varejao the money he is getting paid.  He is earning more than the mid-level exception.  How?  Isn't this the same player who could do nothing to stop Dwight Howard?  And with Shaq on board and Big Z backing him up, his minutes will probably decline.  And while he may have heart and show up every day, he is not worth 50 million.  Sheed is earning less and the Lakers are going to offer Odom less.  Both those players will have bigger impacts on their teams next season.  While the Shaq trade was basically free for the Cavs, this signing was more a panic move than anything else and it hurts their chances not only to re-sign Lebron, but to get someone else like Bosh.  This signing ensures they cannot sign both of them, especially with the cap falling next season.  And if they did somehow sign both, the team would not be able to afford anyone else.  And management has not shown the King that they are trying to improve.  A washed up Shaq was brought alongside a washed up Z and they did not sign any big impact players to give Lebron help.  You have Lebron, Mo, a once-dominant center, and a team full of nice bench players in Z, West, Boobie, and Varejao.  The Magic still have Howard and the Celtics will have KG back next season and improved with Sheed and Rondo will only get better.  The Lakers improved with Artest; how Varejao will earn more than him is absurd.  He is a smash-mouth defender and can score.  An actual impact player rather than a spark off the bench who is a flopper.  With those teams improving and the Cavs adding a man in the twilight of his career and doing nothing to improve the team, the Celtics and Magic are both better and even if they won the East, the Lakers are far superior.  Although Lebron really likes him, this signing cannot convince Lebron that the team is trying to improve and get him help, which means he will likely be gone if they do not win the title.  The ONLY way this works out is if they can re-sign Lebron, but with this being their major splash and their major competition improving and the salary cap falling next year, this does not look good for their chances of keeping Lebron and if they can re-sign him, getting another player next season.

Since: Feb 3, 2008
Posted on: July 10, 2009 6:58 pm

Had to come off vacation for this

This is pathetic... People are trying to defend this deal based on their hatred of Doyel alone.  I don't care what you say, Anderson Varejao is NOT worth $50 million.  End of story.

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: July 10, 2009 3:01 pm

Had to come off vacation for this

Glad Gregg came out with an opinion like this.  Makes me much more confident that Ferry got things done right.

Since: Jul 10, 2009
Posted on: July 10, 2009 2:12 pm

Had to come off vacation for this

To all who are leveling criticism of the the Anderson Varejao signing, especially the idiot writer who started this, you know NOTHING about basketball.   Andy with his hustle alone and great defensive presence (and you can call him a flopper, BUT it still makes opposing players think twice when they drive the lane with him in there!) he is invaluable to the CAVS.  Great signing by Ferry.As to calling Z a corpse, you owe a very special man and basketball player a huge apology.   The CAVS won 66 games last year and all you can do is dis players simply because the CAVS shorter backcourt  could not stop Orlando from hitting enough lucky 3's.Is Z on the downside of his career, obviously but to insult the man as you did was inexcusable.  You are not only an idiot but a terrible writer who doesn't do his homework.
Now with Shaq, Parker and the return and further improvement of their young players I'll enjoy seeing you all eating crow next year when the CAVS win the championship.

Since: Jan 14, 2008
Posted on: July 10, 2009 1:35 pm

Had to come off vacation for this

In todays economy with everyone struggling to stay afloat, Danny Ferry offers Andy Varejao $50 mil....huh...what...are you kidding me! Granite he is probably Mr Hustle in the league but that much is insane....and then i am hearing that other teams were trying to offer him upwards of $10-11 mil a year.......give me $100,000 to pay my house off and become debt free....hahaha!

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: July 10, 2009 1:21 pm

Had to come off vacation for this

you can't count. and you DO pay a guy 7 million who is 7 ft  and gives you those numbers and is doing NOTHING but getting betters.  Its why they did.

Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: July 10, 2009 12:29 pm

Had to come off vacation for this

The Pistons just signed Charlie Villanueva to a 5 year, $35 million deal.  If the Pistons are signing Varejao for $7 million a year guaranteed, why not sign Villanueva instead?  He is better in all aspects of the game, and he was interested in signing with Cleveland to play with Lebron and Shaq.  This was an awful signing.

Since: Apr 14, 2009
Posted on: July 10, 2009 11:30 am

Learn about basketball in the 21st century

Teams that like to win don't judge players on counting stats like points and rebounds any more.  It's just silly.  Not every player is on the floor the same length of time, and not every player is paid to do the same things while he is on the floor.  What matters is whether the player is effective in the role he is asked to play.

Anderson Varejao is paid to be a defender and a rebounder, to get to loose balls, to take charges, to bring energy, to get under opponents' skin, to demand coverage near the basket on pick and rolls and to get up and down the court.  He does all of those things reasonably well to exceedingly well. 

The top three rated defenders in the NBA last year, according to (a rating that is based on points allowed per possession while the player is on the floor, and that is therefore independent of playing time/injuries), were Dwight Howard, Kevin Garnett and LeBron James.  Who was number 4?  Anderson Varejao.  Ahead of Tim Duncan.  Ahead of Kendrick Perkins.  Ahead of Yao Ming.  Ahead of Rajon Rondo.

p; According to the same site, Varejao won 4.5 games for the Cavs with his defense alone.  That statistic (which does consider a player's amount of time on the floor) was in the top ten in the NBA.  Perennial defensive first-teamer Kobe Bryant was at 4.2 (Kobe's max for his career is 4.5, which he has done twice, in 99-00 and 07-08). 

Varejao was #19 in rebounding percentage (top ten among power forwards).  At 12.1 rebounds/48 minutes he was just ahead of Charlie Villanueva (5 years at $7M per from Detroit) and just behind Pau Gasol, Chris Bosh and Brad Miller.  He is not Dennis Rodman but he is effective.

Can't pass, handle or shoot?  How about this: Anderson Varejao's offensive rating last year was 116.1.  That means for every 100 possessions that he handled the ball, the Cavs scored 116 points.  That number was 2nd on the Cavs behind some guy named LeBron.  It was 20th in the entire NBA. 

I am not trying to say that Varejao is a pretty or polished player.  You may not enjoy watching him.  He might not be worth $7 million a year to any team other than the Cavs.  He does, however, play very effectively in the Cavs' system on both ends of the floor. 

Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: July 10, 2009 10:32 am
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