NEW YORK CITY — In today’s NBA, analytics and statistical trends often reign supreme in the decisions teams make to try to bolster their title chances.
Therefore, most of the league seems to have stumbled upon a formula that appears to guarantee a championship.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports forward/center Anderson Varejao has been in contract discussions with at least a dozen contending teams as they look to sign him for half the season before releasing or trading him.
An analysis going back to the 1962-63 season shows a jaw-dropping 100 percent success rate of winning a championship after getting rid of the Brazilian big man during the season. Each of the last two champions, the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016 and Golden State Warriors in 2017, dumped Varejao around the trade deadline.
The New York Knicks reportedly backed out of the race for Varejao after realizing that nothing can save them.