Varejao has agreed to terms with Flamengo of Novo Basquete Brasil (NBB), Sportando.com reports.
Varejao most recently played during the 2016-17 campaign with the Warriors, where he appeared in 14 tilts and averaged 1.3 points and 1.9 rebounds across 6.6 minutes per game. The 35-year-old has opted to sign a profession deal in Brazil, where he was born. It seems highly unlikely at this point that he makes an NBA return.
Varejao cleared waivers Sunday, ESPN.com's Chris Haynes reports.
Varejao, who was signed to a one-year deal for the veterans' minimum, wasn't able to attract attention from any teams after the Warriors waived him Friday. That doesn't close the door on Varejao resurfacing at the NBA level, however, as several teams were said to be interested in signing him once he cleared waivers. The aging center will likely look to latch on with a contending team at some point in the coming weeks.
Varejao was waived by the Warriors on Friday, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.
Even with Zaza Pachulia (shoulder) expected to be sidelined for at least a week, Varejao wasn't needed to provide much insurance at center, considering the Warriors already had JaVale McGee, Draymond Green, David West and Damian Jones on hand to cover the position. With the 34-year-old deemed an expendable piece, the Warriors will instead add depth at point guard, bringing in the defensive-minded Briante Weber on a 10-day contract. Varejao, who has made just 14 appearances on the season and is averaging 6.6 minutes per game, could sign with another team to provide some energy off the bench in the frontcourt, assuming he goes unclaimed off waivers.
Varejao posted two points (1-2 FG, 0-1 FT), one rebound and one assist across six minutes in a 127-107 loss to the Pistons on Thursday.
Coach Steve Kerr dusted Varejao off for the veteran's first appearance since Dec. 22, with all of his minutes coming when the outcome was well in hand. Varejao is behind Zaza Pachulia, Draymond Green and JaVale McGee in the pecking order at center, and he's unlikely to enter the rotation unless at least two of those aforementioned players are out with injuries.
Varejao, who started at center in place of Zaza Pachulia (wrist) on Saturday, did not play in Sunday's win over the Timberwolves.
Apparently, Varejao got the start Saturday because Kevon Looney (ankle) had been unavailable. With Looney cleared to play Sunday, he entered the starting lineup while Varejao assumed his usual spot at the end of the Warriors' bench.
Varejao made his first start of the season Saturday, replacing the injured Zaza Pachulia (wrist), and went scoreless (0-2 FG) along with five rebounds, two assists and one steal over 18 minutes in Golden State's 110-89 loss to Memphis.
Varejao, who had played in just six of the first 23 games, was given an opportunity to prove his potential value to the Warriors, but didn't show much Saturday. He was minus-18 with three personal fouls and two turnovers during his time on the court. Pachulia's wrist injury, something he played through Thursday, doesn't appear to be significant, so this should be a limited window of increased playing time for Varejao.
Varejao will start at center in Saturday's game against the Grizzlies.
Varejao was a last-minute addition the Warriors' lineup after Zaza Pachulia was a late scratch due to his bruised wrist. Varejao has averaged just 5.2 minutes in six games this season, but he could see a bit more action than usual Saturday with Pachulia unavailable.
Varejao (coach's decision) didn't see the court in Monday's 105-100 win over the Hawks.
Though the Warriors recalled rookie center Damian Jones from the D-League following the conclusion of his rehab from a torn right pectoral, Varejao remained active ahead of Jones, who was joined on the inactive list by James McAdoo. Even if he sticks ahead of Jones on the depth chart for further notice, Varejao won't see the court most nights with coach Steve Kerr frequently utilizing Zaza Pachulia, Draymond Green and JaVale McGee as his primary center options.
Varejao (coach's decision) was inactive for Monday night's game against the Pelicans.
With guard Patrick McCaw (ankle) returning to action the Warriors needed to move a healthy player to one of their two inactive spots. Given the choice of an extra wing or big man, the Warriors chose the wing player, leaving Varejao the odd man out. Varejao has played in just two of the Warriors' seven games this season.
Varejao was scoreless (0-1 FG) with one rebound, one assist and one steal over five minutes in the Warriors' 122-96 win over the Thunder on Thursday.
Varejao's run Thursday night was the first time he's played since the Warriors' opening-night loss to the Spurs. We fondly recall his heyday in Cleveland where the Brazilian native was a major rotation piece, but since coming to Golden State, Varejao has been a bit player. This season, he's been glued to the end of the bench behind second-year power forward Kevin Looney on the team's depth chart.
Varejao (shoulder) played six minutes in Friday night's preseason finale against the Trail Blazers. He went scoreless (0-1 FG) with one rebound, one assist and one blocked shot.
Varejao had missed Golden State's previous preseason game Wednesday against the Lakers. Heading into regular season, Varejao is the second-string center, behind Zaza Pachulia, but we could see third-stringer JaVale McGee pass him on the depth chart. Either way, Golden State doesn't allot many minutes to true centers, so we're not expecting major contributions from Varejao or McGee.
Varejao (shoulder) didn't see the floor in Wednesday's 123-112 preseason win over the Lakers.
It's not clear if Varejao sat out on account of the shoulder contusion he picked up in Monday's practice, or if he was simply being rested in advance of the regular season. We'll track his status again heading into the Warriors' preseason finale Friday against the Trail Blazers.
Varejao was held out of Monday's practice with a shoulder contusion, Anthony Slater of Bay Area News Group reports.
The severity of the injury is currently unclear, but considering it's just a bruise, it doesn't seem like it will cost Varejao an extended absence. With that said, the Warriors' next preseason game is Wednesday versus the Lakers, so it remains to be seen if Varejao will be cleared for that outing. Even when he returns to full strength, Varejao will likely struggle to get significant minutes on a stacked Warriors' roster.
Varejao (back) is good to go for the start of training camp, Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman reports.
Varejao has dealt with some back issues for a good portion of the offseason, which was the reason he was forced to sit out of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. However, after an additional couple of months off for further rest and recovery, Varejao is feeling refreshed and shouldn't face many limitations in camp. With Zaza Pachulia expected to start at center and Draymond Green also seeing time at the position when the Warriors roll out their 'death lineup,' Varejao will have a tough time picking up major minutes during the upcoming campaign.
Varejao's lower back injury is being listed as a small disk herniation and as expected, he's officially been ruled out for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Monte Poole of CSN Bay Area reports.
With the Olympics in his home country of Brazil, it's a tough blow for Varejao, who will now remain in the United States for rest and rehabilitation. Varejao is tentatively expected to be ready to go for training camp, meaning the injury shouldn't have any long term impacts. Varejao recorded just 9.4 minutes per game during his 2015-16 campaign and isn't expected to see an increase in his role, which should keep him off the fantasy radar. Fellow Brazilian, Christiano Felicio, is currently the favorite to take his roster spot on Team Brazil.
Varejao is expected to miss the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro due to a back injury, Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports.
It's an undoubtedly frustrating development for Varejao, who was hoping to represent Brazil for a final time while his home country hosted the Olympics. The veteran big man returned to the United States over the weekend to undergo testing on his back, and evidently, it was determined his injury was significant enough to require time off for rest. It's uncertain if Varejao will be healthy enough to join the Warriors for training camp, but the team isn't counting on him to play big minutes this season in any case.
Varejao recently left his native Brazil to have his ailing back tested and evaluated in the United States, Diamond Leung of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Varejao has been training with the Brazilian national team in advance of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, but once the back issues set in, he decided to meet with his doctors back in America to get a closer look. The results of his evaluation aren't known, but if it's anything serious, another update should soon follow. The 33-year-old Varejao re-signed with the Warriors on a one-year deal earlier this month and is slated to serve as the team's third-string option at center behind Zaza Pachulia and Draymond Green.
Varejao was re-signed by the Warriors on Sunday.
As expected, Golden State will retain Varejao in order to provide veteran depth to their frontcourt. Varejao came over from the Cavaliers during the 2015-16 season, but had very little fantasy impact, which is expected to continue as long as fellow big men Zaza Pachulia and David West remain healthy. In 22 regular-season games with the Warriors this past season, Varejao averaged 2.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 8 minutes per game, as he would go on to see those numbers decrease in the playoffs.
The Warriors are nearing an agreement to re-sign Varejao to a one-year contract, Marc Stein of ESPN reports.
Varejao was dropped by the Cavaliers and signed with the Warriors in the middle of the 2015-16 season. The veteran big man likely won't have more playing time, nor much fantasy value, as he'll be behind both Zaza Pachulia and David West.
Varejao will play for Brazil in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Varejao recently completed a run to the NBA Finals with the Warriors that ended with Golden State losing in seven games, but he still received a title ring after he opened the season with the champion Cavaliers. The 33-year-old is strictly a bench player at this point, and his career-long difficulties with staying healthy could make teams reluctant to sign him in free agency this offseason. While Varejao waits to find a team to play with in 2016-17, he'll continue to train with the Brazilian national squad as he prepares to represent the host country.
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