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Broulis Beat Report: Cavs Trade Varejao For Frye

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CANTON,Ohio- The Cavs have made a trade that involves 2 other teams. Cleveland sends Anderson Varejao to Portland and receive Channing Frye from Orlando. The Cavs also send Jared Cunningham to the Magic. Cleveland also sent a top 10 protected first round pick for 2018 to the Trail Blazers as well.

So bottom line is they send Andy packing and welcome Channing Frye.

So here’s my opinion. This was a good trade for the Cavs. Of course I’ve removed my emotions in this part of my article. The Cavaliers let go of someone who has been injury prone and wasn’t getting many minutes. While his defense and hustle are priceless he was limited offensively but we all knew that. Weird thing is that I told a coworker just the other day that I could see the Cavs trading Varejao due to his lack of minutes and injuries.

Channing Frye- He’s 6’11 and is shooting 40 percent from Three point range this year and is a career 39 percent from Three point range. I think Griffin really wanted another stretch 4 in case something happens to Kevin Love. Plus this allows Cleveland to play Kevin more in the post where he wants to play and play Frye more so outside where he likes to play. I do believe Frye will be apart of the rotation if Cleveland makes a deep playoff run especially if he is shooting as expected.

So this move was not a major move which is a good thing. It adds productive depth to Cleveland’s bench and adds another shooter on the floor when Irving or LeBron our driving to the rim.


  • $9.7 million in 2015-16.
  • $9.3 million in 2016-17.
  • $10 million ($1 million guaranteed)  in 2017-18.


  • $8.1 million in 2015-16.
  • $7.8 million in 2016-17.
  • $7.4 million in 2017-18.

So as you can see, Cleveland will still have Frye under contract for Two more season and by NBA rules Anderson Varejao cannot resign with Cleveland for 12 months from now. I personally don’t see that happening unless he would be willing to sign for the league minimum and at this point it’s more likely that after Portland waives him that he might actually retire unless he signs with an NBA title contender and comes off the bench.

Now the fan side of me. I will always appreciate what Andy brought to the Cavs. His tough play and hustle will never be forgotten. He was one of the few players that was a favorite of mine that wasn’t the most talented. Varejao has been apart of some really special teams and been a member of some bad teams but he remained very loyal and professional about everything. I salute you Wild Thing! 

Credit all authors of images used in both article and as cover image : Nick Broulis

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