Anderson Varejao‘s game took a step back last season — both when he played for Cleveland and with the Warriors. At the heart of the problem was the 33-year-old center’s shooting — a season before he had a very good 58 percent true shooting percentage that fell to a well below average 47.3 percent on the year. When Andrew Bogut went down in the Finals, Warriors coach Steve Kerr tried to lean more on Varejao, but he wasn’t able to fill those shoes.
Still, the Warriors are bringing him back, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.
Varejao’s agency has since confirmed that the deal is signed.
The contract is likely for the league minimum.
With Bogut gone, Zaza Pachulia will be the primary traditional center for the Warriors — who will play small a lot more with Kevin Durant at the four and Draymond Green at the five — so there will be limited backup center minutes. Which is good, because Varejao may be the second best backup center they have and he is no longer a replacement level player.