Varejao was mentioned in multiple NBA trade rumors this season, suggesting that Cavaliers are willing to part ways with their energetic big man for a young talent and a first round pick.
According to the Brazilian forward, as much as he wants to stay in Cleveland, there are certain things that is out of his control. Varejao said: “I’m still here. I can’t control that. If they trade me, they trade me. I’m happy in Cleveland. I love the city and I love the fans.”
Varejao, the longest tenured player in the Cavaliers roster, will enter the final two years of his contract and Cleveland is reportedly looking for a trade before the deadline as part of their total rebuilding effort.
The nine-year veteran, who is entering the final two years of his contract with Cleveland, was having an All-Star season last year before his stint with the Cavs was cut short by a wrist injury.
Before sustaining a torn tendon in his wrist, Varejao tallied 10.8 points and 11.5 rebounds in their first 25 games, something that he wants to duplicate this season and he’s hoping that his health won’t be a hindrance, although he vowed that he will stay play with the same intensity despite the risk of being injured again.
“It’s my goal to stay healthy this year,” Varejao said. “That’s the biggest thing this year. There’s nothing you can do to prevent it. I’m not going to change anything. I’m going to keep playing the same way.”
Varejao is expected to be ready for training camp along with 2012 NBA Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving, who has recovered from a broken wrist that he sustained when he slapped a padded wall in one of their practices for the Las Vegas Summer League last July.
The Cavaliers will play in seven pre-season games before opening their 2012-2013 Season campaign on October 30 against the Washington Wizards at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.