Report: Varejao nearing deal to play in Brazil

Anderson Varejao spent nearly 12 full seasons years with the Cavaliers.

Former Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors center Anderson Varejao may be close to signing a contract offer from Brazilian club Flamengo, according to a report from GloboEsporte.com.

Varejao, 35, has been holding out for an NBA offer but without one seemingly on the way, could return to his native country.

He’s a player that adds a lot to any team in every way — spirit, determination,” Flamengo coach Jose Neto told the website. “He will make a major difference in Brazilian basketball, just as I believe Leandro Barbosa would. They are players who have experience and who are successful.”

Vareajo is 6-foot-11 and gained the nickname “Wild Thing” during his nearly 12 years with the Cavs — with his endless energy earning hinm the respect of resident star LeBron James and former Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving, as well as opponents.

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