PORTLAND, Ore. — With frontcourt depth a necessity, the
Miami Heat on Wednesday added size by signing former draft pick Jarvis Varnado and
Josh Harrellson to 10-day contracts.
The signings give the Heat 15 players under contract, with center
Dexter Pittman being assigned to the
NBA Development League. Harrellson was re-signed after being waived earlier this week. Varnado was recently waived by the
Boston Celtics, ahead of the deadline for non-guaranteed contracts to become guaranteed the remainder of the season. He averaged just 3.6 minutes in five appearances with the Celtics.
"I feel like it's a good [opportunity]," Varnado said. "I'm 100 percent now. I can show the team what I can do. In Boston, I didn't get that chance. Everything works out for the best."
Varnado was the Heat's second-round pick in 2010 before spending the past two seasons playing overseas. He played with the Miami summer-league team and was invited to training camp but was slowed by nagging injuries.
He was among the first waived in the preseason while being bothered with an abdominal strain.
"We want to continue to evaluate him," Heat coach
Erik Spoelstra said. "We always liked him. He had a tough shake during training camp. He got hurt, he was hurt during the summer. We never got to see him at full strength. We've got flexibility to give him another look. There's a reason why we drafted him in the first place."
Before joining the Celtics, Varnado started eight games for the
Sioux Falls Skyforce. He averaged 14 points, 8.9 rebounds, 4.38 blocks and 30.4 minutes while shooting .575 from the field. Pittman has since taken his place on the Skyforce roster.
Varnado concluded his collegiate career at Mississippi State as the
NCAA's all-time leader in blocked shots (564).