Four years after his last stint in the NBA and five seasons since he last played for the Cavaliers, Anderson Varejao is back in Cleveland with a 10-day contract.

“It’s home,” he said. “I love the city. I love the fans.”

The 37-year-old center last played in the NBA for the Golden State Warriors in 2017, starting a single game averaging 1.3 points and 1.9 rebounds per game. His last professional basketball was played in 2019 at the World Cup in China, but Varejao has reportedly managed to stay in shape and will now have a chance to end his career with one final stint with the Cavs.

Varejao spent his first 11 and a half seasons at Cleveland, establishing himself as one of LeBron’s favorite teammates while also proving to be a reliable option down center. His heyday as a professional came in the 2012-13 season when he averaged 14 points and 14 rebounds per game while making over 75% of his free throws.

The 21-43 Cavs have already been eliminated from the playoffs and only have eight games left this season, but with several players lost due to injury, the addition of a veteran presence like Varejao could come in handy. prove to be valuable. And honestly, there is no real downside at this point.