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Report: Heat to sign Jarvis Varnado for remainder of season

Jan 29, 2013, 8:38 PM EDT

Jarvis Varnado Getty Images

Jarvis Varnado has barely touched the court for the Heat — 12 minutes total in two games during his two 10-day contracts with the team.

But they must like what they are seeing in practice from the former Mississippi State forward — they are going to sign him for the rest of the season, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and the NBC Sports Network.

The Heat also are holding on to the Birdman — Miami will offer a second 10-day contract to Chris Anderson, Woj reports.

The Heat drafted Varnado in the second round back in 2010, but he didn’t make the roster. He played for a while in Italy and Israel but returned to the D-League this season, playing in Sioux Falls where he turned heads.

Varnado is an energy big off the bench — he is strong on the defensive end blocking shots and crashing the board. He hustles. He’s not going to score much, but that’s not what the Heat want, they want a good practice player. They apparently found one.

  1. kingbeason52 - Jan 29, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Looks like he is trying to spit some game in that picture..

  2. michaeljordanseviltwin - Jan 29, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    I don’t really mind this move so long as they sign Birdman for the season as well. NO ODEN! He’s done. And if Oden really wants to revive his career do it in Phoenix with the best training staff in the history of sports.

    • miamatt - Jan 29, 2013 at 10:27 PM

      Agreed. I would have no problem with Riley giving Oden a shot over the summer if the medical staff thinks he might be able to play light minutes, but it would seem hard to justify taking up a roster spot THIS YEAR on somebody who couldn’t possibly help in the playoffs and indeed may never play again.

  3. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jan 29, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    He’s there to try to make life difficult for LeBron and Bosh during practice. And it will only make JV better. He’s probably the luckiest player of his calibre in the world. They’re going to make him a player.

    • raylangivens2 - Jan 29, 2013 at 11:38 PM

      He’s the all time NCAA leader in blocks so he obviously has some skill. If he can bring that defensive presence when he gets into the game that’s all the Heat need. And If he ever learns any offense he could actually turn into something.

    • nbascreed - Jan 30, 2013 at 7:43 AM


  4. codysteeler - Jan 30, 2013 at 7:49 AM

    What happened to the Birdman?

  5. skinsfanwill - Jan 30, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    This kid lead the ncaa in blocks and rebounds when he played at Miss state. I hope Spoelstra can develop this kid into something. But I seriously doubt it.

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