Re-Sign or Release: Anderson Varejao

Back in May, 2008, we featured a little series called “Re-Sign or Release” where we went through every player on the Cavaliers roster and turned to the readers to see what they would do if they were the general manager of the Wine and Gold and – hypothetically, of course – all of the players were up to have their respective contracts renewed.

Same hypothetical this time around: We’re looking to build for the future; all players are restricted free agents, likely requiring a bit of a pay raise from last season.  Do you re-sign them? Andrew has already laid out the roadblocks currently facing the Cavaliers in 2011; now it’s your turn. Vote below and leave your support in the comments.


2010-11 Salary: $7,000,000

2010-11 Statistics:


2010-11 Recap: What started as one of the better stories of the 2010-11 season quickly went awry when the 28-year-old Brazilian big man experienced a non-contact, season-ending foot injury.  Varejao was one of the lone bright spots of the first several weeks, playing at one of the highest levels of his career and earning potential All-Star talks from several coaches throughout the league.

Reaching career-highs in points, rebounds, assists and blocks per game, Varejao provided endless energy and a mid-December stretch that saw him average 14 points, 12 rebounds and over one block per game. 

Andy is said to be on track to open the preseason with the Cavaliers in the event that the NBA can avoid a lockout.  Easily one of the biggest fan favorites, Varejao has stated his desire to continue playing for the Cavaliers despite their current rebuilding stage.  On the flip side, Varejao is nearing 30 years of age and plays at a level that will not only make him succeptable to additional injuries but one that could also see a drastic fall-off as age starts to play a major factor. 

2011 Re-Sign or Release Scorecard
JJ Hickson96Joey Graham96
Christian Eyenga95Anthony Parker76
Ramon Session87Ryan Hollins68
Baron Davis84Antawn Jamison64
Luke Harangody79  
Semih Herden77  
Samardo Samuels73  
Manny Harris68  
Daniel Gibson58  
Alonzo Gee55  

Photo via Flickr

  • mgbode

    anyone that puts ‘release’ went to the Michigan State Journalism School (just saying)

  • The Other Tim

    Maybe we should let him go so he can “team up with some guys that would never die down in the moment. ”

  • TSR3000

    @2- Went to bed thinking the Heat were up 2-0 and all was wrong with the world. What a great start to my Friday to see the Mavs comeback highlights.

    Go Mavaliers!!

    /plus I had Dallas +4.5 and the over at 187 (total was 188).

  • Mike Sanders

    Voting for release should result in a perma-ban offense. This will be 100% for re-sign until some wise guy decides to be funny, and when he does… BAM! Sayonara.

  • Ohrly

    Best Cavalier ever.

  • mgbode

    @4 – well, you got your funny guy (not me) :)

  • jawbone

    I think we should resign him and see what we can get for him. If the price isn’t right we’ll definitely still need him with no other centers of worth on our roster (Hickson being a 4 and Hollins, you could argue, probably shouldn’t be on an NBA roster.

  • mary r.

    Anyone can see Varejao is the heart and soul of the Cavs. I hope they keep him forever.

  • Kevin

    Voted re-sign but if there was a third option to trade for a nice package of young players and picks I’d seriously consider it.

  • Denny

    Anderson Varejao is perplexed.

  • JNeids

    I love me some Andy as much as the next guy (I even bought the Andy head WFNY tee), but if we sent him to Minny for the #2, I wouldn’t be completely heartbroken

  • nobody

    I agree with #8, we don’t know how he’ll look next year, if we can get a few decent young guys (or turn him into a Bynum), I’d be all for that.