It hasn't taken Anderson Varejao much time to get situated in Golden State. After being traded to Portland last Thursday, Varejao was waived shortly after and became a Free Agent on Sunday. According to Monte Poole of CSN Bay Area, the 33 year old veteran began telling friends and family that he would be joining the Warriors a full day before he even signed his contract.
Varejao was in uniform for Monday's game in Atlanta, but was not on the active roster. He is officially active for Wednesday's game in Miami, and head coach Steve Kerr says the 12 year NBA veteran will see time tonight against the Heat, per Ethan Sherwood Strauss.
Kerr says Varejao will play tonight— Ethan Strauss (@SherwoodStrauss) February 24, 2016
Monte Poole reports that Leandro Barbosa initially reached out to Varejao to recruit him to sign with Golden State. Both players are have been friends since they were 14 years old and have also spent time playing with one another on the Brazilian National Basketball team.
'I played with Marreese Speights, Barbosa, Shaun Livingston and Luke Walton,' Varejao said. 'I know how special Steph (Curry) is, and Klay (Thompson) and Draymond (Green) and (Andre) Iguodala - everybody.' (Monte Poole - CSN Bay Area)
Anderson Varejao to @warriorsvox: "I'm just excited to be part of something so beautiful, so real."— Diamond Leung (@diamond83) February 24, 2016
Varejao also spoke very highly of the Warriors genuine team chemistry which he noticed from the start.
... 'I'm glad I came here, because I can tell they love each other. That's what it's about. When you want to win, you have to be like they are. Friends that have fun out there, have fun in the locker room. I've been here for a couple hours, but I can tell. I can tell this group, they love each other.' (Anderson Varejao via Monte Poole - CSN Bay Area)
The Warriors believe Varejao, 33, has that feel. On the matter of how to incorporate a newcomer into a team whose offense borders on telepathy, Kerr said, 'We do think he's the kind of guy who'll pick things up quickly.'
Kerr also believes that what the Warriors do meshes with Varejao's approach.
'Fortunately, he's a guy who has a natural instinct for the game,' Kerr said. 'We play a lot of freestyle offense anyway, hit the big guy and start running our cuts. That's what he's best at.'
So the idea seems to be that Varejao, who has yet to join his new team pending a physical, could operate in something of a Bogut-type role: get the ball up top, wait for dribble handoffs and Golden State's array of cuts. The Warriors are hoping to salvage Varejao from the NBA's scrap heap by making him a hub.
While Festus Ezeli remains out indefinitely after receiving surgery on his knee, Anderson Varejao can provide the Warriors with an inside presence that is essential to finishing the season on a high note. Here is what the Warriors' new trio of Centers have done this season:
Hopefully Varejao will leave the flopping in Cleveland..
and retain his disdain for Blake Griffin and the Clippers.