The Golden State Warriors continued fleshing out their bench Thursday, agreeing to a one-year contract with veteran big man Anderson Varejao. Varejao’s PR firm passed along the news, perDiamond Leung of the Bay Area News Group.
The deal will be worth the veteran’s minimum, a total of $1.55 million due to Varejao’s NBA service time.
After the Cleveland Cavaliers sent Varejao to the Portland Trail Blazers in a midseason salary dump and the Blazers waived him, he joined the Warriors in late February. He suited up in 22 regular-season games for Golden State, averaging 2.6 points and 2.3 rebounds in 8.5 minutes.
These Warriors can’t be picky about their bench bodies, however. The signing of Kevin Durant leaves them capped out, at the mercy of whichever free agent is willing to accept a minimum deal. They already lucked out with Zaza Pachulia signing for the room exception ($2.9 million) and David West taking the minimum.