It’s official, long-time Clevelander Anderson Varejao has agreed to a multi-year contract extension with the Cleveland Cavaliers as announced by General Manager David Griffin. Although the terms of the contract were not released, the deal is expected to be in the neighborhood of $30 million over the course of three years.
Here in Cleveland today, ESPN sources say Cavs & Anderson Varejao nearing agreement on three-year extension believed to be worth $30 million
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) October 30, 2014
“Anderson represents how this franchise wants to approach the game of basketball, both on the court and off,” said Griffin. “He has been a key part of our foundation for years and we are very happy that he will continue to be part of our Cavs family as we work towards our goals at the highest level. Andy is, and has been, a tireless worker, an incredible teammate and a great competitor that plays with a rare combination of energy and intensity that makes him truly special.”
Varejao is in his 11th season with the Cavs and has never been a part of any other franchise. Throughout his Cavalier career he has played in 535 games with averages of 7.8 points on 51.2% shooting from the field to go along with 7.8 rebounds. He has also made appearances in 71 playoff games, which is a franchise-tying record.
As a staple of the Cavalier franchise, Varejao was one of the biggest reasons why LeBron James came back to the city of Cleveland. The ‘Wild Thing’ as they call him and James have had a relationship dating back to LeBron’s early days in Cleveland and both have maintained that steady relationship both on and off the court, even when James was public enemy number one in Miami.