The Anderson Varejao era in Golden State likely won’t be coming to an end here soon. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Warriors are close to re-signing Varejao to a one-year contract.
The Warriors are nearing agreement on re-signing Brazilian big man Anderson Varejao to a one-year contract, according to league sources.
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) July 14, 2016
Varejao, 33, was signed by the Warriors during the middle of the 2015-16 season after he was waived by the Portland Trail Blazers, who had previously acquired the big man from the Cleveland Cavaliers.
There are no details available regarding the deal, but the expectation has to be that it’s for the veteran minimum.
Following the additions of Kevin Durant, David West and Zaza Pachulia, Golden State can only add players on the veteran minimum, a clear indication that it retained this big man on the cheap.
The center averaged 2.6 points and 2.3 rebounds in 8.5 minutes per game for the Warriors last season.
This brings Golden State’s number of guaranteed contracts to 14 for the upcoming season, meaning that it will likely look to add a guard for depth here in the not-so-distant future.
Despite being capped out, the two-time defending Western Conference champions do have two trade exceptions equaling $9 million that expire at the end of the month.
That could very well be the avenue they pursue to add a high-quality guard off the bench.