The latest rumor comes from Kurt Helin of NBC Sports when he reported on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, the Cavs were asking for DeAndre Jordan and Eric Bledsoe from the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for Varejao.
It is certainly a very steep price to ask for a player who will be out of action until at least late February due to surgery on his right knee. Even if he remained healthy and continued to average 14.4 rebounds per game, the price remains awfully steep.
Heinlin poses an interesting question when he asks:
“Will the Cavaliers come to their senses on what they are willing to take back?”
If you take into account Varejao has a very favorable contract and is signed through next season, and the Cavaliers are unlikely headed to the playoffs, why not ask for the world. It is not as if Cleveland is required to deal him anyway.
Varejao is a fan favorite, a hard worker, and gets results. There is no need to simply give him away to a contender unless they can get more than his value in return for a team desperate enough to pay the price.
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