The Boston Celtics obviously could use some more size in their lineup and an interesting name that could be available is Anderson Varejao of the Cleveland Cavaliers. As expected, the Cavaliers are not in contention for a playoff spot and it would probably make good business sense to sell high on him to gain another young asset. They are in full rebuilding mode and winning games might actually hurt them as they desperately could use another top five draft pick. It seems like Varejao is still somewhat young, but he is currently 30 and is consistently on injured reserve.
Varejao is having an excellent season, averaging nearly 15 points and 15 rebounds a game. He has a great chance at making the All Star team and perhaps even starting. He would be a great deadline acquisition for a number of teams, including the Celtics. The problem the Celtics are in is that they definitely need another post player, but at what expense? If they are anticipating playing Lebron James and the Miami Heat in the playoffs, then a small ball lineup is the way to go. But if you are trying to just survive the season and build depth, then acquiring someone like Varejao would make sense.
What would this type of move cost the Celtics? I think the asking price would be very steep and Avery Bradley would probably have to be part of any deal on Cleveland’s end. I think the Celtics would probably hang up the phone and look elsewhere. If the Cavaliers were willing to trade Varejao for say, Courtney Lee, Jeff Green, and this year’s first round pick, then I think the Celtics would become much more interested.
It will be interesting to see what happens with Varejao once the trading deadline approaches. If the Cavaliers can get a nice young piece back, I can definitely see them pulling the trigger on a potential deal.
Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news go to the team homepage on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18