Read an interview from ESPN’s Chad Ford today. He talked with Anderson Varejao from his home in Brazil. The article paints a bleak picture for the Clevelanders that are fans of the wild haired flop artist. It seems there is little chance of Varejao playing in Cleveland anytime soon. Ford spreads the blame around in the article. Apparently Danny Ferry has developed a reputation around the league for being a difficult negotiator.
In any case it seems the Cavs are unwilling to invest starter pay for a sixth man. I suppose you would be a little gun shy too if your recent track record with free agents has been Damon Jones, Donyell Marshall and Larry Hughes. But you know what you are getting in Varejao. We know what he is capable of, and how he fits in to the flow of a game. He doesn’t gripe about playing time (Jones), doesn’t care if he gets any shots at all, and plays tough, inspired defense. Certainly I don’t want to see the Cavs stuck with another albatross contract, but let’s face facts- the Cavs defense stinks out loud this year. Can it really be as simple as missing Varejao? Did he make that much of a difference? Was it a tone that he set when he was in the game? I can’t answer that question, but I can point to the numbers with and without him, and the Cavs are surrendering points at an alarming rate this year.