Soon-to-be free agent Anderson Varejao could potentially join contenders including the defending champion Warriors, reports ESPN’s Marc Stein.
Varejao, 33, is expected to clear waivers Sunday after being traded to the Trail Blazers from the Cavaliers in a three-team deal and subsequently being released.
The veteran big man, who had spent his entire 12-year NBA career with the Cavs, reportedly has interest from the Warriors, Thunder, Spurs and Mavericks.
The Warriors do not have an open roster spot at present, but with Festus Ezeli potentially out until the playoffs after knee surgery, they could use depth in the paint, with Andrew Bogut and Marreese Speights handling the majority of minutes at center.
Oklahoma City appears to have less of a pressing need for interior help, but it freed up a roster spot at the deadline and figures to add another veteran. The Spurs have a rich track record with international players (Varejao hails from Brazil) while the Mavericks are already expected to add another free agent in David Lee when he clears waivers.
Stein reports Varejao will take the weekend to try and relax and then begin to consider his next team. Players have until March 1 to sign with a team and remain playoff-eligible.
- Jeremy Woo