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2013-2014 SEASON: In 65 games (29 starts), averaged 8.4 points, 9.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.1 steals in 27.7 minutes per game… Recorded his 16th double-double of the season with 11 points on 5-8 (.625) shooting and a team-high 12 rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench against Detroit on Apr. 9… Tallied eight points and a game-high 13 rebounds in 29 minutes at Brooklyn on Mar. 28… Notched his 15th double-double of the year with 12 points on 5-9 (.556) shooting and a game-high 16 rebounds in 31 minutes at Detroit on Mar. 26… Double-Doubles–16 on the season, 88 in career; DNP-CD’s –1 on the season; DND’S–2 on the season; NWT’S–3 on the season; Injury List – Missed 3 games from Jan. 28–Feb. 1 due to a left knee contusion and hyperextension; Missed 12 games from Feb. 11-Mar. 7 due to a sore back; Missed 1 game on April 2 due to a right AC joint sprain; Inactive List–11 on the season.

DRAFTED
Selected by the Orlando Magic in the second round (30th overall pick) of the 2004 NBA Draft.

HOW ACQUIRED
Acquired in a trade along with Drew Gooden and Steven Hunter on July 23, 2004 from the Orlando Magic in exchange for Tony Battie and two future second round picks.

2011-12 SEASON
Played in 25 games (all starts)…averaged 10.8 points on .514 shooting, 11.5 rebounds (4.4 offensive), 1.7 assists and 1.4 steals in 31.4 minutes per game…set career highs in points, rebounds, assists, steals and double-doubles (14) at the time of his injury on Feb. 10…scored 13 points to go along with 12 rebounds (five offensive), five assists, four steals and two blocks in 34 minutes against the Timberwolves on Jan. 6, becoming the first Cavalier to record at least those numbers since LeBron James put up 31 points, 19 rebounds, eight assists, four steals and three blocks against Charlotte on Jan. 11, 2008…recorded a career-high 20 rebounds (also a career-high 10 offensive rebounds) to go along with a season-high 20 points on 10-17 (.588) and two assists in 41 minutes against Boston on Jan. 31, becoming the first Cavalier to record at least 20 points and 20 rebounds in a game since Carlos Boozer on March 30, 2004 when he had 23 points and 20 rebounds versus the Dallas Mavericks and the first Cav to record at least 20 points and 20 rebounds with 10 offensive rebounds in a game since Kenny Carr had 27 points and 20 rebounds (11 offensive rebounds) against the New York Knicks on February 12, 1981…recorded a double-double with 17 points on 8-13 (.615) shooting and 17 rebounds in 33 minutes versus Dallas on Feb. 4…led the team in scoring once, rebounds 21 times, steals seven times and blocks nine times…scored 10-19 points 16 times and 20 or more points once…missed games from Feb. 11-April 26 with a right wrist fracture (non-displaced)…was DND 13 times and NWT once on the season…was placed on the Inactive List 24 times for the year.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER
Played in 31 games (all starts) during the 2010-11 season…averaged career highs in points (9.1), rebounds (9.7) and blocks (1.2)…also shot .528 from the field and averaged 1.5 assists in 32.1 minutes per game…notched seven double-doubles on the season…scored a season-high 23 points on a perfect 10-10 and grabbed 12 rebounds at Philadelphia on Nov. 5, becoming only the third Cavalier all-time to be perfect from the field with at least 10 attempts…pulled down a season-high 17 rebounds and added 14 points and four blocks against New York on Dec. 18…recorded 14 points, nine rebounds, a season-high five steals and three blocks against Orlando on Dec. 28…led the team in scoring twice, rebounds 23 times and blocs 17 times…grabbed 10 or more rebounds in 16 of his 31 games…scored 10-19 points 10 times and 20 or more points once…missed 51 games: Oct. 29 for personal reasons, Nov. 13 due to a rib contusion, Jan 1-2 (two games) due to a non-displaced maxilla fracture and from Jan. 7-April 13 (47 games) due to a right ankle/foot injury…during the 2009-10 season, played in 76 games (seven starts)…posted career best in field goal percentage (.572), free throw percentage (.663), assists per game (1.1), steals per game (0.9), blocks per game (0.9), assists (87), blocks (67) and double-doubles (11)…averaged 8.6 points in 28.5 minutes per game…named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team…also finished third in voting for NBA Sixth Man of the Year and received 18 votes for Defensive Player of the Year…ranked third in the NBA in total plus/minus (514) and plus/minus average (6.8), 17th in offensive rebounds per game (2.5) and 28th in rebounds per game (7.6)…among all reserves (69 games), led all bench players in total plus/minus (438), plus/minus average (6.3) and offensive rebounds per game (2.5) while ranking second in total rebounding average (7.5) and ninth in blocks per game (0.9)…scored a season-high 22 points on 10-17 (.588) shooting, both career highs, and added 10 rebounds on Dec. 11 versus Portland…hit his first career three-pointer to provide the go-ahead basket on Dec. 30 versus Atlanta; finished with 14 points and nine rebounds…grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds and added nine points at Denver on Jan. 8…posted 16 points on 8-10 shooting (.800), 10 rebounds and a season-high tying three assists versus Detroit on March 5…scored in double figures in six straight games from Feb. 23 – March 5, which tied the longest streak of his career, and averaged 13.5 points on .750 shooting and 8.5 rebounds in 27.0 minutes over that span…in 13 games during March, averaged 9.6 points on an NBA-best .692 shooting and 7.8 rebounds in 27.2 minutes per game…scored 10 or more points on 32 occassions (Cavs were 29-3 in those games) and grabbed 10 or more rebounds 18 times (Cavs were 15-3 in those games)…recorded a career-high 11 double-doubles (Cavs were 10-1 in those games)…led or tied for the team lead in rebounding 27 times, in steals on 19 occassions and 22 times in blocks…missed two games and placed on the Inactive List from Nov. 17-18 with a hip contusion and four games from March 28 – April 4 due to a sore left hamstring…played in 81 games (42 starts) during the 2008-09 season…posted career bests in scoring (8.6) and minutes (28.5)…also averaged 7.2 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 0.9 steals…in a career-best 42 starts, averaged 9.9 points on .542 shooting, 7.7 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 32.3 minutes per game…in 39 games off the bench, averaged 7.1 points on .526 shooting, 6.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 24.4 minutes per game…was second in the NBA in offensive fouls drawn (52), tied for 30th in defensive rebounds per game (5.1) and ranked 31st in rebounds per game (7.2)…posted career bests in scoring (26), field goals made (9), field goals attempted (14), free throws made (8) and free throws attempted (13) versus Chicago on Jan. 2; also added eight rebounds and three steals in 31 minutes…grabbed a season-high 14 rebounds at Toronto on Feb. 18…put up 18 points on a perfect 8-8 shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds at Sacramento on March 13…averaged 12.2 points on .674 shooting and 8.3 rebounds over a six-game stretch from March 22 – April 2…scored 10 or more points on 30 occassions (25-5) and grabbed 10 or more rebounds 15 times (11-4)…recorded a then career-high nine double-doubles…led or tied for the team lead in scoring once, in rebounding 26 times, in steals on 17 occassions and 19 times in blocks…missed one game and placed on the Inactive List on April 5 due to right wrist contusion…played in 48 games (13 starts) during the 2007-08 season…averaged 6.7 points on .461 shooting while setting career highs in rebounds per game (8.3) and assists per game (1.1)…in 13 games as a starter, averaged 7.9 points and 10.1 rebounds in 30.6 minutes per game…ranked third among all NBA reserves with 7.7 rebounds per game (min. 30 games)…totaled six double-doubles (Cavs were 5-1 in those games)…tied his then career high with 17 points on 8-9 shooting and added 12 rebounds and three assists at Charlotte on April 2…doubled up with 16 points and a career-high tying 18 rebounds versus Charlotte on Jan. 11…over a three-game span from Jan. 11-17, averaged 13.0 points on .556 shooting and 13.0 rebounds…tallied 15 points, 16 rebounds and a career-best six assists versus Indiana on March 8…averaged 13.3 points and 11.3 rebounds from March 8-12…scored 10 or more points on 12 occasions (Cavs went 11-1 in those games) and grabbed 10 or more rebounds 13 times…led or tied for the team lead in rebounds 16 times, in assists once, in steals nine times and in blocks on nine occasions…was placed on the Inactive List from Jan. 30 – Feb. 20 and Feb. 24 with a left ankle sprain (12 games)…did not dress on Feb. 22 with a left ankle sprain…played in 81 games (six starts) during the 2006-07 season…averaged 6.8 points and 6.7 rebounds in 23.9 minutes per game…in six games as a starter, averaged 12.0 points on .577 shooting and 11.3 rebounds per game…set career highs in games (81), free throws made (165) and attempted (268) and steals (76)…ranked second among all NBA reserves in rebounds per game (6.4)…scored 17 points on 7-10 shooting and added eight rebounds at New Orleans/Oklahoma City on Dec. 11…played a career-high 42 minutes versus Philadelphia on Jan. 24 and posted 10 rebounds…led or tied for the team lead in scoring and assists once, in rebounds 25 times, in steals on 18 occasions and in blocks 19 different times…posted seven double-doubles (Cavs went 6-1 in those games)…averaged 11.8 points on .488 shooting and 10.2 rebounds during a five-game sretch from Dec. 6 – 15…grabbed 10 or more rebounds in 18 games and scored in double figures on 20 occasions…Cavs went 9-3 when he scored 12 or more points in game…missed game and placed on Inactive List on Dec. 29 versus Milwaukee with a neck strain…during the 2005-06 season, played in 48 games (four starts)…averaged 4.6 points on .527 shooting, 4.9 rebounds and 0.7 steals in 15.8 minutes per game…in four games as a starter, averaged 8.0 points and 7.8 rebounds in 29.3 minutes per game…led or tied for the team lead in steals nine times, rebounds six times and blocks five times…scored in double figures on eight occasions…led the team in field goal percentage (.527)…recorded at least one steal in 22 of his 48 games…in 11 games during the month of April, averaged 7.9 points on .569 (29-51) shooting and 8.5 rebounds…in the final three games of the season, averaged 13.3 points on .591 (13-22) shooting and 10.3 rebounds per game while scoring in double figures in each game…in games in which he played 20 minutes or more this season, the team was 13-2…tied his career high in points (14) and shattered his career high in rebounds (18) versus Atlanta on April 19…posted his first career double-double with 11 points and a season-high tying 14 rebounds versus Philadelphia on April 4…tied his career high with 14 points, including 12 in the third quarter, to go along with four rebounds at Boston on April 17…made his return to the Cavaliers lineup on Jan. 12 against the Lakers in Los Angeles…missed the first 32 games of the season with a dislocated right shoulder…was a DNP-CD on two occasions…during the 2004-05 season, played in 54 games, averaging 4.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 0.7 blocks in 16.0 minutes per game…led the Cavaliers in field goal percentage (.513)…ranked first in the NBA in steals per turnover (1.58) and fourth in the NBA in offensive rebounds per 48 minutes (6.1)…ranked second among rookies in offensive rebounds per 48 minutes (6.1) and fourth in total rebounds per 48 minutes (14.3)…scored 14 points at Dallas on March 26 and grabbed 14 rebounds at Utah on Jan. 15…over a span of 11 games from Jan. 3-24, recorded six games with 10 or more rebounds, averaging 7.9 rebounds over that span…recorded eight or more rebounds on 11 occasions…spent 11 games on the Injured List from Feb. 1-27 and did not dress in six games with a left high ankle sprain…missed six games on the Injured List with left knee patella tendinitis from Nov. 17-29…during the 2003-04 season, appeared in 27 regular season games for F.C. Barcelona, averaging 7.5 points and 4.4 rebounds per game…in 18 Euroleague games, averaged 7.7 points and 5.1 rebounds…scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds against Cibona of Croatia…posted 13 points, 11 rebounds and four steals against Partizan Belgrade…during the 2002-03 season, played in three games for F.C. Barcelona before being used in Eurloeague games only…in 20 Euroleague games, averaged 4.4 points and 3.4 rebounds…scored 17 points in 22 minutes against Benetton Treviso of Italy…scored nine points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked five shots against Alba Berlin of Germany…during the 2001-02 season, played in two games for F.C. Barcelona and in nine games in the Euroleague…named the MVP of the Brazilian league following the 2001 season in which he averaged 17.7 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game.

PLAYOFF CAREER
Has career averages of 5.9 points on .494 shooting and 5.7 rebounds per game in 22.5 mintues per game in 71 career playoff games (tied for most appearances in franchise history)…averaged 5.7 points on .417 shooting and 6.5 rebounds in 23.2 minutes per game in 11 games during the 2010 Playoffs…grabbed a career postseason-best 15 rebounds in 32 minutes in Game 1 versus Chicago…scored eight points on three occasions during the playoffs…appeared in all 14 games during the 2009 Playoffs…averaged 6.9 points and 6.4 rebounds in 30.0 minutes per game…scored a 2009 playoff-high 14 points on 6-8 (.750) shooting in Game 1 versus Orlando…in Game 6 posted 14 points on 7-12 (.583) shooting and grabbed eight rebounds at Orlando…grabbed a 2009 playoff-high 11 rebounds in Game 4 at Atlanta…appeared in all 13 games during the 2008 Playoffs…averaged 4.1 points and 5.2 rebounds per game in 18.5 minutes per game…was the game-high rebounder with nine in Game 3 at Washington and tallied 12 points and six rebounds in Game 4 at home against the Celtics…saw time in all 20 games with Cleveland during the 2007 Playoffs…averaged 6.0 points on .511 shooting and 6.0 rebounds per game in 22.4 minutes per game…posted his first postseason double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds in Game 2 at Detroit…grabbed at least seven rebounds in three of four games versus Washington and grabbed five or more boards in five of six games versus New Jersey…put up 13 points and eight rebounds in Game 1 at Detroit and finished with eight points and 10 rebounds in Game 2 of The Finals at San Antonio…played in 13 games for the Cavaliers during the 2006 Playoffs…averaged 6.8 points on .620 (31-50) and 4.5 rebounds in 18.3 minutes per game…shot .500 or better from the field in 11 of the 12 games in which he attempted a field goal…in the Eastern Conference Semifinals against Detroit, averaged 9.3 points on .579 (22-38) shooting and 4.3 rebounds in 20.4 minutes per game…scored in double figures in Games 1-4 against Detroit, including a career playoff-high 16 points on 6-7 from the field in Game 3.

PERSONAL: Is a member of the Brazilian National Team and a former member of Brazil’s Junior National Team...is the younger brother of Sandro Varejao, who played basketball in the Big East Conference at West Virginia...played for F.C. Barcelona overseas before playing in the NBA.

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Height: 6'11''/ 2.11m
Weight: 267 lbs./ 121.1 kg
Born: September 28, 1982
From: Santa Teresa, Brazil
Draft: 2nd Round (30th pick) 2004 NBA Draft
NBA Debut: 2004
Years Pro: 10
Previous Teams:
  Cleveland Cavaliers 2005 - 2013
  Orlando Magic 2004 - 2004
  Cleveland Cavaliers 2004 - 2004
Prior to NBA/Country: FC Barcelona/Brazil

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