Cleveland Cavaliers: Right Move to Extend Anderson Varejao?

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Mar 12, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao (17) holds the ball as the Phoenix Suns forward Shavlik Randolph (43) defends in the first half at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

Despite the vigor in which owner Dan Gilbert fought to prevent super-teams in other markets, the Cleveland Cavaliers are the NBA’s new juggernaut. Four-time MVP LeBron James, All-NBA power forward Kevin Love and All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving lead what’s one of the most balanced rosters in basketball.

In a press release via general manager David Griffin, it was announced that the Cavaliers shelled out money to keep another player in town for the long-haul: center Anderson Varejao.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that it’s a three-year deal worth $30 million with a third-year team option.

A fan favorite remains in Cleveland.

Varejao, 32, has been with the Cavaliers since 2004. In that time, he’s averaged 7.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 0.9 steals in 25.9 minutes, seeing a spike in production since his rise in playing time occurred in 2010-11.

In large part due to his familiarity with James and the Cavaliers as an organization, Brazilian big man was named the starting center for the 2014-15 season. That inevitably plays a large part in Cleveland potentially paying Varejao $10 million per season.

The question is, did Cleveland make the right decision to extend Varejao?

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