Only two days after veteran big men David Lee and Anderson Varejo were cut by the Boston Celtics and Portland Trail Blazers respectively, both players have already agreed to sign with new clubs for the remainder of the season. On Sunday, the Golden State Warriors signed Varejo for the veteran’s minimum, while Lee has agreed to a prorated portion of the Dallas Mavericks’ $2.1 million room exception in a deal that will be finalized on Monday. In corresponding moves, the Warriors have waived forward Jason Thompson, while the Mavs will waive guard John Jenkins.

Lee, a two-time All-Star with career averages of 14.4 points and 9.2 rebounds a game, fell out of favor with the Warriors last year, then was traded to the Boston Celtics last season, where he also fell out of the rotation, and averaged only 15.7 minutes in 30 appearances, as the Celtics have gone to their younger players for the majority of the season. He has averaged a mere 7.1 points and 4.3 rebounds a game, which is on pace for among the worst of his career in both categories. “We think he can play both big positions, some 4 and some backup 5,” head coach Rick Carlisle said. “I just think he’s a quality veteran player who has been in a situation in Boston where they were overstocked and decided to go with some younger guys. We believe he can help us.” The Celtics had tried to trade him before the Thursday deadline, but could not find a team who wanted to take his $15.5 million salary for this season, which he will still collect.

As for Varejo, his next game will be the first of his career in a uniform other than the Cleveland Cavaliers, who traded him on Thursday after 12 seasons to the Portland Trail Blazers, who cut him after acquiring him in a three team deal, despite being on the hook for the nearly $14 million and two years remaining on his contract. Varejo was also an odd man out in Cleveland, as Tristan Thompson, Kevin Love and Timofey Mozgov have become solid fixtures in the Cavs front court. Varejo has only played in 31 games as a result, with career-worst averages in points (2.6) and rebounds (2.9). For the Warriors, he should take on a larger role, with both Festus Ezeli (arthroscopic knee surgery) and Andrew Bogut (Achilles injury) still sidelined. If he can regain his previous form, he could help the Warriors get back to the Finals (as they are expected), where they should likely face him old team, and make the Cavs pay.

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