Cleveland fans keep asking: “What is the “right deal” for Anderson Varejao?”. The debate rages on as to whether or not trading Andy is the right move, but those who say that Andy can go are all demanding “the right price”. Well, I’m going to try to find that seemingly unattainable right price.
There have been reports that the Cavs are asking for a “young All Star” for Andy, so I’ll start there. My first proposed deal:
ANDERSON VAREJAO AND BOOBIE GIBSON for MARC GASOL and a 1st Round Draft Pick.
This may be the best option for the Cavaliers in terms of replacing Varejao. Gasol is three years younger than Varejao, but is an up and coming All Star player. He averages 15.5 ppg but is way below Varejao in the rebound department, grabbing up only 6.8 boards per contest. Gasol, offensively, may be a better option than Varejao, but Gasol still isn’t as valuable as Andy on the glass. Memphis is a contender who could definitely use both Varejao and the new and improved Gibson coming off the bench. The first rounder wouldn’t mean all that much to the Cavaliers, but replacing Varejao and getting younger at the same time would be absolutely tremendous.
ANDERSON VAREJAO for GREG MONROE and BRANDON KNIGHT.
This trade is essentially the same as the last one, however, the Cavs don’t get a valuable lottery pick from Detroit. Brandon Knight was a lottery pick from a few seasons ago and is a player whose talents have gone somewhat unnoticed while playing for the lowly Pistons. I would probably prefer a lottery pick in addition to Monroe and Knight, however, the Pistons would most likely never pull the trigger. They are a struggling group already and this trade would most likely make the Pistons worse in the long term. However, in terms of “the right price” Monroe’s talent would be ideal along with Knight.
ANDERSON VAREJAO, BOOBIE GIBSON, and a 1st Rounder for AL JEFFERSON and PAUL MILLSAP.
This is essentially the blockbuster. Jefferson and Millsap are both 27 years old, both are big, both are offensive and defensive, and both potentially All Star players. This would give the Cavs an incredible amount of depth, allowing Thompson to be on the bench rather than in the starting lineup. With Jefferson and Millsap on the floor, Thompson and Zeller could be in the second group for the long term and would make the Cavs bench infinitely better, something that needs to be done in order to compete in the future.
ANDERSON VAREJAO and TRISTAN THOMPSON for DEMARCUS COUSINS, THOMAS ROBINSON, and JIMMER FREDETTE.
This is the most unrealistic option for both teams, but in terms of the “price tag” this would be incredible. Cousins has been a great player, even with his off of the court problems, and seems to be only getting better. At 22 years old, the Cavs add talent and get 8 years younger at the center position. While Thomas Robinson hasn’t been great thus far for the Kings, he is 21 years old and a much more offensive player than Thompson. I think Thompson and Robinson are quite comparable in terms of efficiency. Fredette would be included only to make the financial situation doable. Fredette, surprisingly, has a 23.3 efficiency rating. In this trade, the Cavs would be getting an incredible amount of talent and youth, a perfect price tag for Andy.
ANDERSON VAREJAO for DEANDRE JORDAN and ERIC BLEDSOE
Yet another stretch, this would make the Cavaliers a much better team in the long term. Bledsoe is an outstanding point guard, who could back up Kyrie and has posted a 22.3 efficiency rating at only 22 years old. Jordan is 24 and is one of the more talented centers in the NBA. Again, the Cavaliers would get more talent and more youth, increasing the bench productivity tremendously. This trade isn’t all that realistic as Bledsoe and Jordan are probably way too valuable to get rid of in return for a single player. The Cavs would more than likely have to add a draft pick, or a few, to grab these two stellar talents.
ANDERSON VAREJAO and BOOBIE GIBSON for HARRISON BARNES and DAVID LEE.
This trade would actually not be as great a fit for the Cavaliers as it would be for Golden State. While Lee is very talented, his salary is much higher than Varejao’s. On top of that, Lee is not nearly what Varejao is on all aspects of the floor. Of course adding Harrison Barnes to an already incredibly youthful lineup of Irving, Waiters, and Thompson would definitely be intriguing, it would set the Cavs way back in the short term. By getting sent way back in the short term, they would add yet another top 5 lottery pick and the Cavs starting five for next season could involve players 22 years old and younger. Intriguing, yes. Practical, I’m not so sure. It would only add another couple of years onto the rebuilding process.
ANDERSON VAREJAO for AL HORFORD and a First Round Pick.
The final trade would involve a former Cavalier player and General Manager, Danny Ferry, working with his old squad and making both teams better. Atlanta is trying to become a contender after parting ways with Joe Johnson but making effective use of the talent they brought in. Adding Varejao would only help the up and coming Hawks. For Cleveland, however, Horford would be a drop in talent, but the talent drop wouldn’t be as hurting when you look at the age gap between Horford and Varejao. Horford is 26 and Varejao is 30. The Cavs would get younger, and possibly more talented, with the additional first round pick. In this situation, letting Andy go, that’s all you can really ask for.
I understand that many of these trades would never work because of the goals of the other team. However, these would all be in the correct asking price of the Cavaliers for Varejao. Andy’s contributions to this basketball team are incredibly valuable and the only way to trade him would be to get equal value in return. In each situation, the Cavs would be getting better, either in the short or long term, and the value would be just about equal to Andy’s production. As I’ve said before, I’d be extremely unhappy to see Andy go, but the value of these trades would definitely ease a little bit of that pain.
So do you think I’m an idiot? Do you think I should be the next GM of the Cleveland Cavaliers when Chris Grant takes his glasses off? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section or on Twitter @H_Grove or @MTAFSports.
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