Report: As expected, Anderson Varejao signs deal with Golden State

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This was expected, but it’s still a boost for the best team in the NBA. As if they needed it.

Big man Anderson Varejao cleared waivers and as a free agent signed a veteran minimum contract with the Golden State Warriors, something first reported by Shams Charania of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports, and since confirmed by other sources.

At the trade deadline, Cleveland traded fan-favorite Anderson Varejao to Portland in a three-team deal that freed up space for the Cavs to sign Channing Frye. Portland got Varejao and instantly bought him out and waived him. Varejao found a place he is happy to be — and a team that will have minutes for his with both Andrew Bogut and Festus Ezeli injured. (Those minutes likely dry up during the playoffs.)

This could create an awkward and interesting reunion in June if the Cavaliers and Warriors meet again in the Finals.

The Warriors will have to release a player to create an open roster spot; it is likely James Michael McAdoo or Ian Clark.