Center Anderson Varejao joined the Golden State Warriors on Monday after agreeing to a deal for the rest of the season.
Varejao passed a physical but was not expected to play in Monday night's game in Atlanta against the Hawks.
The Brazilian spent 12 seasons with Cleveland before being dealt last week to Portland in a three-team trade that sent Channing Frye from Orlando to the Cavaliers. The Trail Blazers immediately cut Varejao.
Golden State wanted another big man with starting center Andre Bogut nursing a strained right Achilles and key backup Festus Ezeli out until at least late March with an injured left knee.
Bogut was able to start against the Hawks.
Coach Steve Kerr said he talked with former Atlanta general manager Danny Ferry about bringing in Varejao.
"He told me Anderson was one of his favorite players he's had in the NBA as a player or a GM," Kerr said. "That seems to be the dominant thought from anybody who's been around him, so he'll be great in our locker room and he'll get a chance to play."
Golden State waived forward Jason Thompson to make room for Varejao.