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Cavaliers agree to terms with Anderson Varejao

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The Cleveland Cavaliers kept one of their own late yesterday, coming to terms with C/PF Anderson Varejao on a 6-year deal that could be worth $50 million.  For Varejao and the team, the rapid pace at which a deal was agreed upon was in stark contrast to what happened in 2007 when it took 5 months and most of Training Camp to get Varejao signed, and that was only after the Bobcats signed Andy to a deal, which the Cavs matched.

This time, both sides knew they wanted to get something done, and fast.

"Andy wanted to stay in Cleveland," Fegan said. "He feels there is unfinished business -- to win an NBA championship."

There were likely teams out there that would have paid Varejao more - Fegan stated several teams would have went over $10 million per season - but both sides were able to get something down that in the end is probably fair, to both the Cavs and Varejao and keeps a key piece of the roster in place for the foreseeable future.

Stats and links after the jump -


FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
2008 - Anderson Varejao 81 28.5 3.3 6.2 53.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.9 3.1 61.6 2.0 5.1 7.2 1.0 1.0 0.9 0.8 3.0 8.6

NBA free agents: Free agent Anderson comes to an agreement with Cleveland Cavaliers - ESPN

Anderson Varejao agrees to 6-year deal with Cleveland Cavaliers, who add 6-6 free-agent guard Anthony Parker - cleveland.com