Interesting mention by the sportswriter at the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
"His (Varejao's) stock will never be higher than this career season in which he's averaging 10 points and 11 rebounds a game. Remember, [he'll] be 31 or 32 before this team can do damage in the postseason. Right now, he's easily worth a first-rounder and perhaps a young player to some contender."
I've long thought that the addition of a scrappy, high-IQ, rebounding big would be the last step toward true contention this season. Jermaine O'Neal circa 2005 would be fantastic. Jermaine O'Neal today is not going to cut it come playoff time. Bass, Wilcox, and Garnett are a terrific PF group, but none are true centers, and we know what that will lead to come playoff time.
I am fine with the team going after Kaman if he's bought out. I'm more excited with the team trading its protected LA Clippers 1st round pick (and Jermaine O'Neal, most likely) for Varejao. Varejao is such a smart player that he can come in and begin contributing in his role immediately. He won't be leaned on to score, but he can. He also rebounds (both ends) and defends as well as any big in the league. He's always had a nice little nasty streak (not dirty, but extra competitive) that would fit in nicely with KG and the others. And, he's relatively young and signed for the next few seasons. Our Clippers pick isn't going to be that high (they're currently 2nd in the West), and we'd still have our own 1st rounder this year (our pick will probably be better than the Clippers'). Maybe the Cavs would take our pick and leave us the Clips' pick.
Why would Cleveland make this trade? Well, I agree with the sportswriter from Cleveland. The Cavs are a few seasons away from making a push in the playoffs, let along making the playoffs at all. They're better off drafting young bigs to team with their talented 19yo PG than they are paying $7 million+ per season to a 30yo center. O'Neal can be cut or waived at no loss. I don't see them needing Bradley or Moore, and JJJ hasn't been able to show off his game yet. I think they'd take O'Neal to fill in at center for the season, and then draft a couple bigs come summer.
Either of our two 1st round picks + O'Neal for Varejao.
I'm wondering if you guys are also ok with this proposal. Sound off down below.