Varejao 'grateful' to Cavs, off to Warriors

Sam Amico

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Former Cavaliers big man Anderson Varejao has found a new home and it's probably one that a lot of Cavs fans wish he'd never considered.

Instead, Varejao has indeed agreed to sign with the defending champion Warriors, who defeated the Cavs in the Finals and swept the two-game season series this year.

Varejao confirmed reports of his decision Sunday in an interview with cleveland.com.

"Although it was hard to be traded I have no hard feelings," Varejao told the website. "I'm grateful to (owner) Dan Gilbert and the Cavs organization for 12 amazing years.

"I know I'm very fortunate. I'm leaving one great team and joining another. I can't wait to put on my new Warrior jersey."

Varejao was traded to the Trail Blazers on Thursday in a three-team deal that landed forward Channing Frye (formerly of the Magic) in Cleveland. The Blazers promptly waived Varejao.

After clearing waivers Sunday, Vareajo was free to sign with any team. Along with the Warriors, it was reported that the Spurs, Thunder and Mavericks all had an interest in the 33-year old center -- whose long curly hair and endless effort endeared him to Cavs fans.

"He'll fit in well with the Warriors if he can stay healthy," one rival team executive told Amico Hoops. "I don't see him getting a ton of minutes, but he can handle the ball and pass and shoot, and that's what they like to do."

Varejao appeared in 31 games for the Cavs this season and averaged a career low in points (2.6) and rebounds (2.9).

Dan Fegan, Varejao's agent, could not be reached for comment.

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