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Varejao had himself a double-double on Wednesday against the Spurs, scoring 23 points (11-16 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-3 FT) and grabbing 11 rebounds. He added two blocks while turning the ball over three times in 37 minutes.
Varejao's high-energy style of play translated well into fantasy production on Wednesday. The starting center led the way in scoring for the Cavaliers, an unusual occurrence with the caliber of scorers the Cavs have on their roster. Varejao won't always score this many points, but should average around 10 rebounds per game this season.
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Varejao is in fact starting at center Monday against the Pelicans, the News-Herald reports.
An erroneous report emerged which placed Tristan Thompson in the starting lineup, but Varejao is manning his typical spot.
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Varejao will come off the bench Monday against the Pelicans, the Cavaliers' official site reports.
Varejao has been replaced, at least for one game, by Tristan Thompson in the starting lineup. It's unclear if the change is a permanent one, but Varejao's prospects with a three-game week on tap have been diminished.
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Varejao registered 15 points (6-7 FG, 3-5 FT), seven rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block while turning the ball over once. He played 28 minutes in the win against the Denver Nuggets on Friday.
Varejao was one of seven Cleveland Cavaliers to record double digits in scoring on Friday. He's a high-energy player who will stuff the stat sheet on most nights. His role is clear in Cleveland and remains a solid option at center in standard leagues.
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Varejao has agreed to a contract extension with the Cavs.
The terms were not announced, but the reported terms earlier in the week were three years and $30 million, so that's probably pretty close to what was finalized. With Varejao it always comes down to health, but when he's on the floor, he's one of the most active big men in the league.
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Varejao is close to agreement on a new three-year contract worth an estimated $30 million, ESPN reports.
Varejao is currently entering the final year of a contract worth $9.7 million this season, but the career-long Cavalier is reportedly very close to extending his stay in Cleveland. Recently dubbed the Cavaliers' starting center, Varejao could pen his new contract in the coming days, while teammate Tristan Thompson has until midnight Friday to secure an extension with the Cavs.
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Varejao is negotiating a contract extension with the Cavaliers, Yahoo! Sports reports.
Varejao's current contract is set to make him a restricted free agent following this season, but it appears an extension could be forthcoming. The 32-year-old has spent his entire 10-year NBA career with the Cavaliers and was recently deemed Cleveland's starting center this season. After playing just 81 games in his three prior seasons, Varejao managed to suit up for 65 contests last term, offering 8.4 points and 9.7 rebounds in 27.7 minutes per game.
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Varejao has officially been announced as the starting center, the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Chris Haynes reports.
This was what was anticipated, but now it is official. Tristan Thompson will come off the bench. Given Varejao's injury history, it would seem unlikely that he'll see 30-plus minutes per game over the course of the season, but he should still be drafted in most formats.
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Varejao is expected to open the season as the Cavs' starting center, the Morning Journal reports.
While coach David Blatt is yet to officially announce a starter, Varejao is widely believed to hold the upper hand over Tristan Thompson. He averaged 9.5 points and 6.3 rebounds during the preseason and is a favorite of LeBron James, who lauded the Brazilian's toughness and dedication. "He's the same Andy," James said earlier in camp. "If you ask him to run through six walls, he'll run through seven." Varejao is unquestionably the Cavs' best rim protector, but he's missed 166 games over the past four years. In order to keep him fresh, Thompson figures to see plenty of minutes, and Kevin Love could even slide over to the center spot in certain small-ball lineups. From a fantasy perspective, Varejao's value should rise with the return of James, but he's still only a fringe option in most leagues.
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Varejao scored 22 points (10-13 FG, 2-2 FT) with eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in just 23 minutes during Monday's preseason win over the Bulls.
With LeBron James and Kevin Love joining Kyrie Irving in Cleveland, there likely won't be too many games during the regular season where Varejao puts together this kind of offensive performance. If he holds off Tristan Thompson for the starting center spot though, Varejao's ability to put back their misses while racking up boards and blocks should still give him solid fantasy value.