We've heard plenty of rumors about Anderson Varejao being traded over the past two seasons. This year is no different. There is the relatively ridiculous rumor about Varejao being traded to the Timberwolves for Nikola Pekovic and Derrick Williams. We know that the Cavaliers want a lot back for Andy and won't be giving him up without getting a good return. They are in no rush to trade him. He has a team-friendly contract and loves it in Cleveland and is a positive influence on a young team. All of these points bring me to my main point: it would be absolutely insane for the Cavaliers to trade Varejao to the Boston Celtics.
Go to any Boston Celtics blog and you'll see tons of made up trade scenarios that end up sending Andy to the Celtics. Boston is a horrific offensive rebounding team and have been struggling on defense -- sounds like the perfect fit for the Wild Thing, right? Definitely, if Andy was a free agent. But he's not. He's on the Cavaliers and he's not leaving for nothing.
Okay, okay. The Celtics know that he's not a free agent; they'll just give up some of their assets to the Cavs to make it work.
To which I say: what assets? You mean Avery Bradley or Jared Sullinger? Fab Melo? FAB MELO?
What do the Celtics have that the Cavaliers would want? Like, at all? Celtics fans will tell you that Bradley is a great young player and would probably even go as far to say that the Celtics would be silly to give up Bradley. But would the Cavs actually want him? Do they need a young shooting guard when they literally just drafted Dion Waiters to be the shooting guard of the future? Of course, you could use Bradey as a super-sub and have a nice three-guard lineup of Kyrie Irving, Waiters, and Bradley. But then you're trading the NBA's leading rebounder for a backup guard who has very little offensive game and doesn't exactly fix the size problem in Cleveland's backcourt. I'm not sure how that makes sense.
But wait, that's not all the Celtics could offer. They also have stud rookie and future Hall of Famer, Jared Sullinger. He went to Ohio State. He leads the league in Tommy Points. Surely, the Cavs will give up one of the best centers in the Eastern Conference for Sullinger and Bradley. But wait, the Cavaliers already have a power forward. His name is Tristan Thompson and he's putting up just as good offensive numbers as Sullinger. Oh and Tristan can play defense too. The Celtics drafted Sullinger this past June with the 21st pick in the draft. If Cleveland wanted Sullinger, they could have drafted him. They even traded up to leap-frog the Boston Celtics and pick 17th instead of 24th. But they didn't want Sullinger. They wanted Tyler Zeller and they drafted Tyler Zeller. Do you think two months of basketball has changed their opinion on that decision? Doubtful.
So at this point the Celtics are giving the Cavaliers two young, decent-ish players for Anderson Varejao. I've already laid out all of the reasons why the Cavs shouldn't trade Varejao unless it's the absolute right deal. This is not the right deal. Even if the Cavs did value Bradley and Sullinger, the contracts don't match up. The Celtics would have to add money. That means either Courtney Lee, Jason Terry, or -- gulp -- Jeff Green? Lee plays the same position as Bradley and Waiters. Terry is 35 years old and also plays the same position as Waiters and Bradley. Jeff Green is making $36 million over the next four years and is horrible at basketball.
The Celtics could include draft picks to sweeten any deal, but how much do the Cavaliers value those picks? Are more mid to late first rounders enough to pry Varejao from the Cavs? Again, I doubt it. The Cavaliers are flushed with draft picks and young talented players for the next several years. They don't need the Celtics' mediocre draft picks, spare parts, or vaguely promising and incredibly limited young players.
So if the Celtics call the Cavaliers inquiring about Anderson Varejao, this ought to be Chris Grant's response before he hangs up the phone.