Anderson Varejao is going home – provided he’s still playing for the Cavaliers next season.
The Cavs will play the Miami Heat in an exhibition game in Rio de Janeiro on Oct. 11 as part of the Global Games initiative, the league announced Thursday. It will mark the second NBA game in Brazil and give Varejao an opportunity to play in his home country.
Varejao, however, is entering the final year of his contract, which is only partially guaranteed. That means there’s no guarantee he’s still on the team by next fall.
“We’re looking forward to the game in front of the great Brazilian fans,” Mike Brown said. “The trip also provides a great opportunity for our team to experience something special together as a group ... We’re very proud to represent Cleveland on an international stage like this and it’s rewarding to be part of the NBA’s global reach and excitement.”
There are five teams participating in next season’s Global Games. In addition to the Cavs and Heat, the Brooklyn Nets and Sacramento Kings will play a pair of games in China (one in Beijing, one in Shanghai) while the Spurs will play international teams in Berlin, Germany and Istanbul, Turkey.