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Unlike Gasol, Anderson Varejao's play this season has done nothing but send his trade value skyrocketing. The 30-year-old forward-center is in the midst of setting an agglomeration of career highs, including points (15.0) and rebounds (15.4) per game and PER (23.63).
Unfortunately, Varejao's brilliance hasn't rubbed off on his teammates, and the Cavaliers are tied for the league's second-worst record at 4-15. That chasm between Varejao's play and Cleveland's team trajectory is the overarching reason he's been available since the summer—but only at the right price.
According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Terry Pluto, the Cavs' trouble moving Varejao stems from interested teams not having the right pieces to make a deal happen:
Their price has always been high -- something like a lottery pick and perhaps other young players. The teams that treasure Varejao's skills are contenders with low draft picks. That has not created suitable trading partners.
On the surface, Cleveland's stance makes sense. Varejao comes extremely cheap ($18.9 million the next two seasons) and plays a premium position. Still, by the time the Cavs' core is ready to compete, Varejao will likely be on the downside of his career.
It would be advantageous for management to make a trade while is value is still high and the team can get building blocks in return.