The Golden State Warriors have bolstered their squad by signing center Anderson Varejao for the veteran’s minimum.
Varejao, who was with the Cleveland Cavaliers for 11-and-a-half seasons, was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday as part of a three-team deal that sent Channing Frye to the Cavaliers from the Orlando Magic.
The 33-year-old was immediately waived by the Trail Blazers and once he cleared waivers on Sunday morning, the Warriors had no hesitation in adding him to their roster.
While Varejao was disappointed to be traded away from the team he had spent his entire career with, he said he is looking forward to scripting a new and successful chapter with the Warriors.
“Although it was hard to be traded I have no hard feelings,” he told Cleveland.com. “I’m grateful to 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 Warriors jersey.”
In the 31 games he played for the Cavaliers this season, Varejao was averaging a career-low 10 minutes per game, and was averaging just 2.6 points and 2.9 rebounds per game.