Varejao made his season debut for the Cavaliers in Wednesday's 141-105 loss to the Trail Blazers, posting one point (0-4 FG, 1-2 FT), six rebounds, one assist and one block in seven minutes.
It was a whirlwind seven minutes for the veteran, who made his return to the Cavaliers after last playing in the NBA in 2016-17. A fan favorite in Cleveland, Varejao was brought in to provide some veteran leadership, but he's very unlikely to make much of an impact over the team's final six regular-season games. Varejao didn't check into Wednesday's game until late in the fourth quarter, when the Cavs were trailing by 27 points.
Varejao is expected to make his season debut Wednesday against the Trail Blazers, Chris Fedor of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Varejao will be available to play in Wednesday's game after signing a "celebratory" 10-day contract. This will be the center's first game back in the league since the 2016-17 season, where he played for the Warriors. Expect the 38-year-old to receive limited minutes in his debut.
Varejao (recently signed) is out for Tuesday's game against the Suns, Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
As expected, the veteran will not debut Tuesday, as he needs some more time to get up to speed. His next chance to play arrives Wednesday against the Trail Blazers.
Varejao, who officially signed a 10-day contract with the Cavaliers, is unlikely to be available for Tuesday's game against the Suns while he works his way into playing shape.
Considering that Varejao hasn't played in the NBA since the 2016-17 season and hasn't played anywhere professionally since 2018-19, the 38-year-old will need some time to get fully conditioned. Since Cleveland will have seven players out Tuesday due to injuries, Varejao will still be active for the contest, but he's unlikely to leave the bench outside of an emergency. Even once the Cavaliers are comfortable with his conditioning, Varejao isn't expected to be a regular part of head coach J.B. Bickerstaff's rotation.
Varejao plans to sign with the Cavaliers for the remainder of the season, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Varejao hasn't played in the NBA since he played 14 games for the Warriors during the 2016-17 season. The 38-year-old most recently played in Brazil, but he'll now return to the Cavaliers after spending the first 12 years of his career with the team. He's unlikely to play a significant role for Cleveland late in the 2020-21 campaign.
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.
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