CLEVELAND — The year is 2021 and the Cleveland Cavaliers are signing Anderson Varejão back to their roster for the rest of the season, according to Shams Charania, The Athletic.
13-year NBA veteran Anderson Varejao plans to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the remainder of the season, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Varejao is returning to the franchise with which he’s spent 12 decorated years.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 30, 2021
Varejão, 38, was traded to the Cavaliers in 2004 after being selected by the Orlando Magic in the second round of the 2004 NBA Draft. He spent the next twelve years in Cleveland, playing alongside LeBron James, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Daniel Gibson and Drew Gooden, among others.
The Cavs waived Varejão in February 2016 and he signed with the Golden State Warriors, losing to his former team in the 2016 NBA Championships.
Varejão has not played in the NBA since the 2016-17 season when he won a championship with the Warriors.
After Charania reported the signing, the Cavs hinted at the move with a tweet of "Major League" character Ricky Vaughn, who shares the nickname "Wild Thing" with Varejão.