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Cavaliers' Anderson Varejao: 'Cleveland is home for me'

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 2021-05-05
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Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao (18) reacts after he was introduced in the first quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Phoenix Suns at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

The Cavaliers recently signed veteran center Anderson Varejao to a 10-day contract, honoring the 38-year-old with a celebratory deal for his past stints.

Varejao, who played with Cleveland from 2004-16, was part of numerous playoff runs and appeared in 591 regular-season games with the team. He received a phone call from GM Koby Altman just last week, with Altman finally delivering some good news.

“He said, ‘Andy let’s do this. We’re gonna bring you back,’” Varejao recalled, as relayed by Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com. “It was a moment that I took to myself, like, ‘Wow, it’s really about to happen.’ It feels right.

“Cleveland is home for me. I love the city, I love the fans, I love the organization. I’m happy to be back. It’s not just the end of this season, it’s the 12 years that I’ve been here, that all counts to me. I was always ready to come back to be honest. I’m excited. It feels like I never left.”

There’s more from the Central Division:

  • Pistons forward Jerami Grant is returning to the team’s lineup on Saturday after dealing with right knee soreness, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports. Detroit will take on Philadelphia in a road contest that night.
  • Fedor explores whether the Cavaliers could follow the Suns’ path in a different story for Cleveland.com. Phoenix holds the NBA’s best record at 47-18 after years of rebuilding, finally experiencing light at the end of the tunnel. The team defeated Cleveland 134-118 in overtime on Tuesday.
  • The Pacers‘ two-way deal with Amida Brimah is for two years, Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports tweets. Brimah, a 27-year-old center, signed a deal to join the team last month.

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