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Golden State Warriors 'heavy favourites' to sign Anderson Varejao

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The Golden State Warriors have emerged as the front-runners to sign Anderson Varejao, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

Varejao was waived by the Portland Trail Blazers last week having been traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday's trade deadline day.

As a result, the Brazilian center/power forward will clear waivers late on Sunday UK time and will be free to sign for any team.

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Prior to last week's trade away from Cleveland, Varejao had spent his entire 12-year NBA career with the Cavaliers.

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The fact, then, that the veteran could join the team that defeated the Eastern Conference franchise in the 2015 Finals will not be lost on those involved.

Good fit

Aside from Andrew Bogut, the Warriors don't have many options in terms of traditional bigs on their roster, especially with backup Festus Ezeli out injured at present.

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Despite his own injury concerns over recent seasons, Varejao would provide valuable experience in that role as Golden State look to cover all the bases ahead of another tilt at the NBA title.

Through 591 NBA games, Varejao has averaged 7.6 points and 7.5 rebounds-per-game. In 2015-16, however, the 33-year-old is averaging 2.6 points and 2.9 rebounds in 31 appearances - none of them starts.

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