Anderson Varejao played in just 14 of the Warriors' 50 games this season. But that doesn't mean he wasn't well-liked by his teammates.
The Warriors waived the 13-year NBA veteran center on Friday and head coach Steve Kerr described the emotions of the team after the news broke.
"Tough day, losing Anderson. He's a real favorite in our group. The guys love him. Everybody on the bus and the plane was a little down. Not the best of days," Kerr said on KNBR 680 on Friday.
Kerr addressed the difficulty of making a decision to waive a guy like Varejao.
"You grow really close to people around you and then all of a sudden they're gone. That's it. It happens all the time. What makes it really difficult is when it's somebody like Anderson, who is such a phenomenal human being, one of the best people and teammates I've ever been around in the NBA," Kerr said.
The move, combined with the addition of guard Briante Weber from the D-League, appears to solve the Warriors' roster imbalance.
'It's not easy, but it's something we felt we had to do,' Kerr said.