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Anderson Varejao posts emotional message to Cleveland fans on Facebook

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Anderson Varejao saw his 12-year association with the Cleveland Cavaliers end on trade deadline day as he was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers in a three-team deal.

The Brazilian big man joined the Ohio franchise in 2004 after a trade with the Orlando Magic and had become a firm fans' favourite at the Quickens Loans Arena. 

During his spell with the Cavs, he averaged 7.6 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists over the course of 591 regular season games. 

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Having been traded to Portland, the 33-year-old was waived by the Trail Blazers and took to Facebook a day later to show his gratitude to the Cleveland fans. 

Judging by the responses on his Facebook post, 'Wild Thing' will be missed and it is really no surprise given his cult standing within the franchise.

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During the 2015-16 season, he was limited to 10 minutes per game and was averaging 2.6 points and 2.9 rebounds.

Varejao managed a career-high points average of 14.1 per game during the 2012-13 season, but he missed the majority of the season after being hospitalised with a blood clot - playing 25 games. 

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Injury has been a theme throughout the South American's career and robbed him of his best years, but that has not changed his relationship with Cleveland one bit.

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