The Cleveland Cavaliers had a very productive offseason away from the court, with perennial All-Stars Kevin Love and LeBron James headlining an impressive recruiting drive at the Quicken Loans Arena.
But despite what last season's 33-49 record may suggest, the Cavaliers already had some pretty talented guys on their roster before the summer upheaval and according to reports today the Cleveland franchise is looking to tie down one such player to a contract extension.
Yahoo Sports is reporting that the Cavs are in "serious talks" with center Anderson Varejao about a new deal.
The report, which cites league sources, goes on to note that talks have been progressing over the past couple of weeks and look likely to follow the same trajectory going forward with no deal imminent just yet.
The Brazilian has been part of the Cavaliers roster for a decade now and it is believed that he and his representatives are keen to negotiate a new deal with the franchise. With such big offseason moves and title ambitions ahead it would certainly seem odd for the 32-year-old to opt out at this point.
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Still, with Varejao at this point having the option to become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2015 the Cavaliers would be wise to reach an agreement with the fan favorite sooner rather than later to avoid any hiccups.
Big role to play
Varejao is expected to start at center when the 2014-15 NBA season gets under way this week and with new Cleveland coach David Blatt having put his faith in the injury-plagued veteran on the eve of the new campaign it looks like it could be a big year for both player and franchise.
Having played in 65 games last season Varejao averaged 8.4 points and 9.4 rebounds per game and his aggressive style will be crucial if the Cavaliers are to compete with the very best in the league.
Varejao will earn $9.5 million this season.