Warriors waive center Anderson Varejao to clear roster room

San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (20), of Argentina, looks to pass around Golden State Warriors' Anderson Varejao (18), of Brazil, as Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 19, 2016, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – The Golden State Warriors have waived center Anderson Varejao to clear a roster spot on the NBA’s top team as it deals with depth issues and injuries.

Golden State announced the move Friday, a day after the Brazilian big man played eight-plus minutes in a road win at the Clippers. The Warriors are gearing up for the return of David West from a nondisplaced fracture of his left thumb sustained Jan. 18 against Oklahoma City. Starting center Zaza Pachulia is sidelined until at least next week with a strained rotator cuff in his right shoulder.

Varejao averaged 1.3 points and 1.9 rebounds in 6.6 minutes per game for Golden State, playing 14 games with one start.

The Warriors (43-7) play again Saturday night at Sacramento.

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2/3/2017 12:26:10 PM (GMT -8:00)

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