Cavs stars: No issue with Anderson Varejao joining Warriors
When Anderson Varejao was traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers and ultimately waived by the Portland Trail Blazers after being involved in a three-team deal at the trade deadline last week, he enjoyed the freedom to choose his next NBA team among many interested suitors.
The center of course opted to sign with the Golden State Warriors. His decision to join that particular squad had the potential of offending his former Cavs teammates, given how his new team eliminated them in the NBA Finals just last summer.
But that doesn’t appear to be the case. LeBron James, Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson all said they had no beef with Varejao over his decision to sign with their so-called nemesis.
Quite frankly, it would have been pretty silly had they been offended.
All three Cavs stars said they understood his decision, as the NBA is above all a business.
“Not at all,” James said, via cleveland.com’s Chris Haynes. “The man has to work. He’s got to work.”
“It’s a business,” he said. “He wants to keep playing ball, so whatever is the best fit for him and whatever he’s looking for, you have to be happy for him. Andy was more than just a teammate, he was a friend, a big brother, and so wherever he can go to keep playing, I’m happy for him, even with him being with the Warriors.”
Love, meanwhile, took a practical approach, albeit in a humorous manner.
“They’re going to get all of our intel now,” he joked. “Nah, but seriously, I’m happy for him. He goes to obviously a very good team. It’s tough losing a brother like that and what he meant to this city, this organization. He was beloved here.”
When reminded it was the Warriors he joined, Love still wouldn’t bite.
“Yeah, it’s bittersweet,” he said. “I wish him the best in his career and I want him to play well. Just not against us.”
Varejao in an email to Haynes indicated he was excited by the new opportunity.
“I can’t wait to put on my new Warrior jersey,” wrote in an email Sunday.
If anything, that’s the comment that’s going to sting.