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Warriors reach deal to bring Anderson Varejao back

2016 NBA Finals - Game Five

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 13: Anderson Varejao #18 of the Golden State Warriors reacts in the fourth quarter while taking on the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 13, 2016 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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Anderson Varejao’s game took a step back last season — both when he played for Cleveland and with the Warriors. At the heart of the problem was the 33-year-old center’s shooting — a season before he had a very good 58 percent true shooting percentage that fell to a well below average 47.3 percent on the year. When Andrew Bogut went down in the Finals, Warriors coach Steve Kerr tried to lean more on Varejao, but he wasn’t able to fill those shoes.

Still, the Warriors are bringing him back, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.

Varejao’s agency has since confirmed that the deal is signed.

The contract is likely for the league minimum.

With Bogut gone, Zaza Pachulia will be the primary traditional center for the Warriors — who will play small a lot more with Kevin Durant at the four and Draymond Green at the five — so there will be limited backup center minutes. Which is good, because Varejao may be the second best backup center they have and he is no longer a replacement level player.