Former Cavs player Anderson Varejão is the new Player Development Consultant and Global Ambassador. Varejão will be working with players and coaches. He will support the players through evaluation, communication, and instruction.
Varejão played 13 seasons for the Cavs. Varejão was the second-round pick in the 2004 NBA Draft. He went to the NBA Finals in 2007 with the Cavs but lost to the San Antonio Spurs. He played the center position for the franchise. Varejão won a championship with the Golden State Warriors in 2015. He was known for his solid defense and rebounding skills.
The Brazilian native is well beloved in the city of Cleveland. He earned the nickname “wild thing” because of his energy and intensity on the court. He was named NBA All-Defensive Second Team in 2010. During the 2012-13 season, he played the most minutes of his career (36.0). He also had a career-high rebounding (14.4) and assists per game (3.4).
The Cavs are planning to honor Varejão with a special tribute by presenting a video of his career highlights and moments with the Cavs. The presentation will take place during halftime on January 21st. Cavs will be playing the Milwaukee Bucks that night.