NBA Trade Rumors: Teams That Should Try to Acquire Anderson Varejao
The center currently leads the NBA with an average of 15.1 rebounds per game. This is more than two more per game than the next highest on the list.
In the last seven games, he has totaled at least 15 boards in each.
Unfortunately, the Cleveland Cavaliers have started the year by winning only four of their first 16 games and are unlikely to be in contention this season.
As a result, teams have been interested in acquiring the veteran player, according to Marc Stein of ESPN:
The latest word on the personnel grapevine is that the Cavs won't discourage offers for the Brazilian, knowing it probably wouldn't matter anyway after receiving a steady stream of calls from interested teams for the past few years.
Stein also quotes another team's executive that calls this Varejao's "'get me out of Cleveland' tour."
If he wants to leave, these teams should do what it takes to get this talented player for the rest of the season.
Through the first month of the season, the Celtics have the fewest rebounds per game in the NBA.
Brandon Bass has not been as productive as a starting forward as the team could have hoped coming into the year, and rookie Jared Sullinger has not done much better.
General manager Danny Ainge believes that his team can still improve internally. He told Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe, "It’s been shown that it can come from within...It’s focus. It’s effort. It’s five guys doing it. All it takes is one guy to not be doing his job. That’s sort of where we are."
Of course, adding Varejao would make one less person that you have to worry about doing his job. He would instantly improve the defense and help the team get into the postseason once again.
There are not many teams to which the 30-year-old Varejao would bring an influx of youth, but that would be the case with the Dallas Mavericks.
The current frontcourt for the team consists of Elton Brand, Chris Kaman and Shawn Marion, all of whom are older than the Cavs center.
This team also has the lowest rebound differential of any team in the NBA at minus-5.3.
Dallas is off to a poor start at 7-9, but the addition of Varejao could help out a defense that is allowing over 100 points per game.
While Varejao is still young compared to the Mavericks, he would provide some veteran experience for the Houston Rockets.
The Rockets are off to a surprisingly good start after completely rebuilding after last season, but the team might be too young to compete this year with all starters being 26 or younger.
In addition to youth, few players on the roster have any experience as a full-time starter.
Varejao could join the club and help bring the young players along faster than usual. He also could team with Omer Asik to be one of the top frontcourt tandems in the league.
With the Brazilian center on the roster, this would definitely be a playoff team, and it could potentially go deep into the postseason.
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