Cavs sign Varejão to 10-day contract


FILE – In this Sept. 9, 2019, file photo, Brazil’s Anderson Varejao, right, keeps the ball from United States’ Myles Turner during a match for the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen. Varejao is expected to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the remainder of the season after the NBA granted the team an injury exception hardship, a person familiar with the decisions told The Associated Press on Monday, May 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

CLEVELAND (AP/WJW) — Center Anderson Varejão has been signed to a 10-day contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The NBA granted the team a roster hardship exception.

Varejão spent 12 seasons with Cleveland before he was traded in 2016.

He was with Cleveland for 12 seasons.

The 38-year-old Varejão was traded at the deadline in 2016 by the Cavaliers months before they won the title.

“For more than a decade, I was blessed to wear the Wine and Gold and play for the organization’s incredible fans, who inspired me to give everything I had during each and every play on a nightly basis,” said Varejão. “I am so excited to return to Cleveland and be back in a Cavaliers jersey, continuing to build memories and representing the city and franchise that I love so much. I am so very grateful to Dan Gilbert and Koby Altman for this opportunity and am extremely thankful for the love and support from my wife, Stacy, and daughter, Serenee. I can’t wait to join my teammates and be reunited with the fans, both on and off the court.”

Varejão spent two seasons with Golden State and played two years in Brazil.

He hasn’t played in an NBA game since 2017.

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