Anderson Varejao signs with Golden State


The Warriors, who own the NBA's best record at 49-5, were competing with the rival Spurs for Varejao, who spent his first 11-plus seasons with Cleveland.

The athlete will likely not play a large role in Golden State but with Festus Ezeli recuperating from knee surgery and Andrew Bogut now nursing a minor Achilles injury, he could possibly get minutes right away with the Warriors.

He averaged 2.6 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 0.2 blocks per game in only 10.0 minutes a night in 31 games for Cleveland before he was traded.

In the NBA's version of buying low, the Warriors will be paying Varejao the veteran's minimum salary, with the rest of his contract to be paid by the Portland Trailblazers.

Other teams showed interest in Varejao, but according to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Warriors quickly "emerged as the heavy favorite" to sign him.