Report: Anderson Varejao will not ask Cavaliers for trade

Associated Press

The Cleveland Cavaliers are the only team Anderson Varejao has ever known. For a dozen seasons, he has seen the ups, the downs, and now the ups again in Cleveland.

And he doesn’t want out. Despite getting a DNP-CD in eight of the last 10 Cavaliers’ games and being well out of the rotation.

Here is what Varejao told Chris Haynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

“If I go anywhere else and win a championship, it’s not going to be the same,” he said. “I want to win a championship in Cleveland. That’s where I want to stay. I love Cleveland….

“Of course, it’s not easy,” Varejao said. “It’s a different season for me. I said at the beginning of the season that my goal was to stay healthy and help this team. I’m not getting a lot of playing time, but I know the season is a long season. We still have the playoffs coming and anything can happen. I just have to stay ready and help the team when coach needs me.”

The question is will he have a choice? The Cavaliers are not expected to be major movers at the trade deadline, but they have a big man who, when healthy, can be a solid contributor and will make $10.3 million next season (or can be bought out for $9.5 million), then has a non-guaranteed season after that. The combination is going to get teams to call. The question becomes will the offers intrigue¬†Cavaliers’ GM David Griffin enough to pull the trigger?

Varejao doesn’t want to go anywhere.

“Because Cleveland’s been loyal to me and I’ve been loyal to the team,” he responded. “I had a chance to leave when the team was really bad, going through a rebuilding process when we were losing almost every other game, and it was tough. I said, ‘I’m not leaving Cleveland. I want to win a championship in Cleveland’ and I know now we have a chance.”

You have to admire his loyalty and willingness to put team in front of personal numbers.