Trade rumors involving Anderson Varejao have run rampant since LeBron James relocated to Miami in the summer of 2010. Such talks were exacerbated after consecutive seasons in which Varejao played in just 31 games or fewer.
Varejao’s health is only one issue. His long-term value is another.
Many doubt the scrappy big man is worth holding onto in the midst of a franchise rebuild. For a young team looking to establish its identity, it would seem prudent to deal the last remaining vestiges of the LeBron era.
With Varejao off to yet another sizzling start, the trade talk will only continue to heat up as the season progresses. His hustle, rebounding and experience could prove instrumental for a fringe contender looking for rebounding help and solid pick-and-roll play. If he can stay healthy and continue his current level of play, one would assume that dealing Varejao could bring in a king’s ransom in return.
Despite the incessant trade talk, the Cavaliers simply cannot deal Anderson Varejao. Here are eight reasons it's a bad idea.