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ANDERSON VAREJAO (C)
  • Jul 26 2016, 10:38 AM

    Update: Varejao is expected to miss the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro due to a back injury, Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports.

    Analysis: It's an undoubtedly frustrating development for Varejao, who was hoping to represent Brazil for a final time while his home country hosted the Olympics. The veteran big man returned to the United States over the weekend to undergo testing on his back, and evidently, it was determined his injury was significant enough to require time off for rest. It's uncertain if Varejao will be healthy enough to join the Warriors for training camp, but the team isn't counting on him to play big minutes this season in any case.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: Day-to-Day

  • Jun 20 2016, 07:45 AM

    Update: Varejao played eight minutes in Sunday's 93-89 Game 7 loss to the Warriors, finishing with one point (0-1 FG, 1-2 FT) and one assist.

    Analysis: Varejao was able to beat Kevin Love on a drive to earn a trip to the free-throw line, but beyond that, he didn't make much of an imprint on the game. Known for his usual high energy on the defensive end, Varejao failed to collect a single rebound and was whistled for three fouls over the course of the evening. Varejao's minimal impact combined with an ugly showing from Festus Ezeli in his 11 minutes prompted coach Steve Kerr to lean heavily on his small-ball lineups for much of the evening.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • May 19 2016, 03:48 AM

    Update: Varejao posted four points (1-1 FG, 2-3 FT) and four rebounds across six minutes during the Warriors' 118-91 win over the Thunder in Wednesday's Game 2.

    Analysis: Varejao didn't play in the series opener, and has seen just 36 minutes combined through six postseason appearances. With Andrew Bogut, Festus Ezeli, and Marreese Speights are all ahead of him on the depth chart, Varejao's role with the Warriors is minimal at best.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • May 01 2016, 14:35 PM

    Update: Varejao was ejected from Sunday's game against the Trail Blazers after receiving two technical fouls, Rusty Simmons of The San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    Analysis: Varejao and Gerald Henderson of the Trail Blazers got involved in an elongated exchange on Sunday that resulted in each player getting two technical fouls. The first resulted from Varejao kicking a leg out to trip Henderson, who was driving at the time. Henderson loudly expressed his displeasure and each received a technical foul. The players continued to exchange words when Varejao went to the bench, and eventually each was given a second technical and sent off. Varejao finished with four points (2-3 FG), two rebounds, two blocks, and one steal in seven minutes.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Apr 28 2016, 09:55 AM

    Update: Varejao logged eight minutes and provided one point (0-2 FG, 1-2 FT), three rebounds, and two assists in Wednesday's 114-81 Game 5 victory over the Rockets.

    Analysis: The late-season return of Festus Ezeli from a knee injury has largely come at the expense of Varejao, who only appeared in two of the Warriors' five games during the first-round series. Since the Warriors also frequently deploy starting power forward Draymond Green as a small-ball center, Varejao is effectively fourth on the depth chart at the position behind Andrew Bogut, Ezeli, and Green and doesn't figure to see the court much in the postseason outside of blowouts.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Mar 30 2016, 21:20 PM

    Update: Varejao went scoreless (0-2 FG) and collected one rebound and one assist in just nine minutes during Wednesday's overtime win against the Jazz.

    Analysis: Varejao has been virtually nonexistent over the last several games, cracking the 10-minute total just twice in the team's last eight games. Despite fitting in well with Golden State, the role of backup center isn't one that generally garners many minutes in the Warriors rotation. He should not be considered in any fantasy format.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Mar 24 2016, 04:21 AM

    Update: Varejao (coach's decision) didn't see the floor in Wednesday's 114-98 win over the Clippers.

    Analysis: Wednesday marked the return of Andrew Bogut from a two-game absence due to a toe injury, but that alone doesn't explain head coach Steve Kerr's decision to keep Varejao off the court. The 33-year-old had previously played in each of the Warriors' games since joining the team in late February.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Mar 08 2016, 06:24 AM

    Update: Varejao had two rebounds in four minutes during the Warriors' 119-113 win over the Magic on Monday.

    Analysis: Varejao is averaging nine minutes per game through seven appearances since joining the Warriors. While he may be a solid fit, Varejao is like a lesser version of Andrew Bogut, and Bogut is averaging merely 21 minutes per game.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Feb 26 2016, 05:38 AM

    Update: Varejao scored five points (2-5 FG, 1-1 FT) with five rebounds, three assists and one steal in 14 minutes off the bench in Thursday night's win over Orlando.

    Analysis: This was Varejao's second game since signing with Golden State, increasing his playing time from 10 to 14. Aside from the increase in minutes, most notable Thursday was Varejao's three assists. He's a good ball-mover -- the Brazilian average 3.4 assists per game in 2012-13 -- and gives the Warriors another good passer on the second unit, along with Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala. Those passing skills contributed to some easy buckets for Leandro Barbosa (six points) and Marreese Speights (14 points).

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Feb 25 2016, 00:55 AM

    Update: Varejao had one point (0-2 FG, 1-2 FT), three rebounds, and one assist in 10 minutes during the Warriors' 118-112 win against the Heat on Wednesday.

    Analysis: Varejao joins fellow Brazilian Leandro Barbosa off the bench for the Warriors, but his playing time will likely plummet once Festus Ezeli (knee) returns to the lineup in March or April. Even during the time being, Varejao is no longer a guy who should be relied on in fantasy leagues at this stage of his career.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Feb 24 2016, 08:55 AM

    Update: Varejao will be available off the bench Wednesday against the Heat, Ethan Strauss of ESPN.com reports.

    Analysis: Varejao was in uniform and on the bench for Monday's game against the Hawks, but he didn't enter the contest after signing with the Warriors just a day earlier. With a couple more days to familiarize himself, Varejao is expected to be in the rotation Wednesday, though he likely won't see significant minutes. That said, with Festus Ezeli (knee) likely out until late March or early April, Varejao projects to be the primary backup to Andrew Bogut at center, at least when the Warriors aren't using one of their small-ball lineups.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Feb 22 2016, 09:34 AM

    Update: Varejao won't play Monday against the Hawks, but could play as soon as Wednesday's tilt with the Heat, Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    Analysis: This information comes directly from coach Steve Kerr, who likely wants Varejao to practice with the team for another day or two before deploying the veteran forward off the bench. With Andrew Bogut (Achilles) banged up and Festus Ezeli (knee) out until at least April, Varejao should come in right away and provide solid depth for the Warriors when Bogut is inactive or even limited.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: OUT

  • Feb 21 2016, 18:54 PM

    Update: Varejao reached an agreement with the Warriors on Sunday, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports.

    Analysis: As has widely been rumored, Varejao will join the defending champions to provide depth at center behind Andrew Bogut (Achilles). The Warriors don't expect Festus Ezeli (knee) to return before April and don't seem too pleased with Marreese Speights' work on the defensive end, so there is some chance Varejao could get significant playing time when Bogut isn't available. There's been no indication that Bogut's current injury is serious, but he did miss Saturday's game against the Clippers and is uncertain for the upcoming week.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Feb 21 2016, 12:41 PM

    Update: Varejao could be signing with the Warriors soon, according to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports.

    Analysis: Several teams are interested in Varejao, who was released by Portland on Thursday, but the Warriors are atop the power forward's list.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Feb 07 2016, 07:10 AM

    Update: Varejao pitched in two points (1-4 FG), 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals, and two blocks in 27 minutes off the bench during Saturday's 99-84 win over the Pelicans.

    Analysis: The absence of Kevin Love (quad) allowed Varejao to enter the frontcourt rotation, and he probably benefited from more playing time than anticipated after Timofey Mozgov made a number of poor offensive plays at the beginning of the game. Varejao didn't exactly set the court ablaze with his offensive skills, but he gave the Cavs good energy and forced Pelicans star Anthony Davis to earn his buckets. However, as long as Love's injury doesn't prove to be a long-term situation, Varejao can't count on regularly seeing more than 20 minutes in a game.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Jan 30 2016, 07:31 AM

    Update: Varejao did not play in the win over Detroit on Friday.

    Analysis: Varejao played 11 minutes and scored six points in the blowout win over Phoenix on Wednesday. He only plays in games that are out of hand.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Jan 18 2016, 20:19 PM

    Update: Varejao delivered five points (2-4 FG, 1-2 FT), four rebounds, three assists, and one steal in 17 minutes during the Cavaliers' 132-98 loss to the Warriors on Monday.

    Analysis: Varejao has only taken the floor in three of the Cavaliers' nine games in the month of January. His 17 minutes on Monday marked the second highest total of the season, with his largest allotment of 19 minutes coming against the Hawks back on Nov. 21. Varejao is still able to provide energy in short spurts, but the 33-year-old veteran is not high enough on the pecking order at his position to hold value in fantasy.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Dec 26 2015, 11:59 AM

    Update: Varejao (coach's decision) hasn't played in the Cavaliers' last two games.

    Analysis: The Cavs are back to full health now with the recent returns of Kyrie Irving (knee), Iman Shumpert (groin), and Mo Williams (thumb), and while none of those players are frontcourt options, the domino effect of their returns has squeezed Varejao out of the rotation while LeBron James spends more time at power forward. Varejao should remain active most nights, but he's unlikely to see the court unless Timofey Mozgov, Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson, or James succumbs to an injury or foul trouble.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Dec 12 2015, 05:28 AM

    Update: Varejao provided four points and three rebounds in 10 minutes in the win over Orlando on Friday.

    Analysis: Varejao did not play more minutes despite the blowout. It looks like he will play approximately as many minutes as James Jones (not a lot) and have very little fantasy value this season.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Dec 02 2015, 04:10 AM

    Update: Varejao played just nine minutes in the Tuesday loss to Washington. He had two points (1-2 FG) and two rebounds.

    Analysis: Even with Timofey Mozgov struggling, Varejao has not been able to get enough playing time to have a fantasy impact. The veteran big man has only played more than 13 minutes once since the beginning of November.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

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