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 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.