LAS VEGAS: It has widely been assumed that Andrew Bynum's insertion into the starting lineup would push Anderson Varejao into a reserve role, but coach Mike Brown isn't so sure.
Brown hasn't ruled out the possibility of starting Varejao alongside Bynum, which would push Tristan Thompson into a reserve role. But Brown didn't want to delve too far into hypotheticals on Friday.
"He started at the 4 for us when Z was here, so he can start at the 4, he can start at the 5," Brown said. "I'm not sure what I'm going to do yet with Anderson."
Brown loves Thompson, ranking his work ethic for where he's at in his career among the top five he has ever been around during his 20-plus years in the NBA. And Brown has been around Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan.
But Varejao was averaging 14.1 points and a league-leading 14.4 rebounds before he was injured last season and Brown isn't going to set his starting lineup in July.
"If Andrew is healthy, he'll probably start at the 5. It's up in the air from there," Brown said. "You can go into so many hypotheticals. If Andrew isn't healthy, then it might be Anderson and Tristan. Right now it's too early to try to peg who's starting where and all that other stuff. But I'm excited about all of our bigs, including Tyler (Zeller). I thought Tyler had a productive week, too. I’m not sure where I’m going with the starting group."