Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson wish Anderson Varejao luck with the Warriors

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Cleveland Cavaliers pair Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson have no hard feelings for former teammate Anderson Varejao following his move to their title rivals the Golden State Warriors.

Brazilian Varejao spent 12 years in Cleveland and made 662 appearances in the wine and gold. The center oversaw two conference titles and the longest losing streak (26 games) in the franchise's history back in 20110-11.

He virtually saw it all - all except an NBA championship ring. The Golden State Warriors deprived him of that last year, but now, Varejao has the chance to claim one with them.

The 33-year-old was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers along with a future first-round pick in exchange for a second-round selection. Portland immediately waived Varejao, meaning the Warriors could swoop in to pick up the pieces and add some quality back-up for Andrew Bogut.

Despite the Cavaliers veteran heading to a direct championship rival, Thompson understood the decision of a man he refers to as 'a big brother'.

Thompson said: "It's a business. He wants to keep playing ball, so whatever is the best fit for him and whatever he's looking for, you have to be happy for him.

"Andy was more than just a teammate, he was a friend, a big brother, and so wherever he can go to keep playing, I'm happy for him - even with him being with the Warriors."

Despite jokingly suggesting the Warriors were "going to get all of our intel now," Love echoed Thompson's sentiments.

Love said: "I'm happy for him. He goes to obviously a very good team. It's tough losing a brother like that and what he meant to this city, this organization. He was beloved here.

"Yeah, it's bittersweet; I wish him the best in his career and I want him to play well. Just not against us."

The Cavs are 0-2 against the reigning NBA Champions this season and the only chance Varejao will have to see his old friends again this term is if the Warriors and Cavaliers collide in the NBA Finals for the second year in a row.

With both sides at the top of their respective conferences, it could very well happen.

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