Anderson Varejao has reportedly agreed to join the Golden State Warriors.
According to a report from Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports' "The Vertical", Varejao had been mulling over offers from the Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs but has chosen to play for Golden State.
Varejao seemingly confirmed the move in an apparent text message he sent to Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com.
"Although it was hard to be traded I have no hard feelings," Varejao apparently said in the exchange. "I'm grateful to Dan Gilbert and the Cavs organization for 12 amazing years. I know I'm very fortunate. I'm leaving one great team and joining another. I can't wait to put on my new Warrior jersey!"
According to Charania's initial report, it was Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton who played a critical role in luring Varejao to Golden State. Walton, combined with the Dubs obvious NBA title aspirations and fellow Brazilian, Leandro Barbosa, a backup guard on the team.
Varejao was traded by the Cavaliers at the deadline last week to Portland in a three-team trade that saw Channing Frye join Cleveland from the Magic. Portland immediately waived the veteran center and his two-year, $14million contract.
The Warriors desperately needed a new big man to shore up their interior defense with Festus Ezeli out til mid-March and Andrew Bogut struggling with an Achilles problem. It appears that Jordan Thompson will be cut to make space for Varejao when the deal is confirmed.