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08:06 AM ET 12.12 | Not only does Anderson Varejao, at 30, make for an awkward fit in Cleveland by virtue of his age, but his trade value is also soaring. This season, Varejao is averaging career-highs across the board with 14.5 points, 15.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.5 steals per game. He has been the Cavaliers' most consistent player and, if he continues to play at this high level, he'll likely be selected to the Eastern Conference All-Star team. While Varejao has many fans within the Cavaliers organization, multiple league sources believe Cleveland will trade him as the February 21 trade deadline approaches. One league source thinks the Cavs would part ways with Varejao if they were able to add one or two more pieces to their young core.

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December 12, 2012  08:18 AM ET

Come to Dallas Bro.

December 12, 2012  08:32 AM ET

We already know this!!!. Come on FN interns

December 12, 2012  08:33 AM ET

Andy needs to get that nod for his first allstar.. then he is outta here.

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December 12, 2012  09:14 AM ET

If Lebron stayed this is the kinda crap he'd be going through in Cleveland. In retrospect I think the guy made the right decision in leaving. The only problem is he went to the wrong team.

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December 12, 2012  09:22 AM ET
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If Lebron stayed this is the kinda crap he'd be going through in Cleveland. In retrospect I think the guy made the right decision in leaving. The only problem is he went to the wrong team.

What kind of crap? They are a young team that ran into injury problems with 2 of their 5 starters and the season isn't even half way over. Its obvious to everyone that this team is a hell of a lot more competitive when Kyrie is on the floor and once Waiters gets back into the mix they should continue to improve.
I'm not saying that they shouldn't trade Andy but they have him locked up through 2014 so getting rid of him now might not be whats best for the team. I say what's best for the team because when they had Lebron they did what's best for him! I would hold onto Andy until the trade deadline and examine all offers, if nothing blows them away then keep him and trade him in the offseason. There is no hurry to move him now because the best offers aren't even on the table yet.

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December 12, 2012  09:52 AM ET
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And people wonder why Lebron left? The Cavs are a rudderless ship. Dan Gilbert is a fool.

They're a rudderless ship because they want to cash in their best trade chip now that it's reached it's peak value?

December 12, 2012  09:59 AM ET
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And people wonder why Lebron left? The Cavs are a rudderless ship. Dan Gilbert is a fool.

They are a young team and are trying to build for the future instead of putting a bunch of retreads together to win now with their superstar, as they did with LeBron. Patience is not rudderless or foolish. As the deadline moves closer someone will offer them the moon for Varejao. I hate to see him go but unfortunately it finally makes sense.

December 12, 2012  10:08 AM ET

Come To LA, Bro.

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December 12, 2012  10:32 AM ET

What sense does it make to trade your most consistent player? Why not make an attempt to build around Varejao and Irving? Anything they get in exchange will only stay until the opportunity to get out presents itself.

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December 12, 2012  11:19 AM ET

Varejao's salary is relatively cheap compared to what he brings to table. They are better off keeping him. What top flight free agent that they can bring in under ~10Mil/year that fits a need? By the time it is time for him to move on maybe after his contract ends they would hope Zeller has came into his own as the long term replacement. The Cav's just need to hope Kyrie stays and keep drafting the best available player. This is called rebuilding.

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