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Heat guarantee Varnado; another 10-day for Birdman
BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Cut at the end of training camp in favor of Josh Harrellson and Terrel Harris, center Jarvis Varnado has completed a remarkable turnaround with the Miami Heat, his minimum-scale rookie contract guaranteed Wednesday for the balance of the season.
The Heat faced a deadline with the 2010 second-round draft pick, whose second 10-day contract expired Tuesday, after which he either had to be signed for the balance of the season or released.
Players can be signed to a maximum of two 10-day contracts per team per season.
Wednesday also marked the start of the clock on the second 10-day contract of center Chris “Birdman” Andersen, who, like Varnado, was signed to a 10-day contract a week ago Sunday.
Both were at Wednesday morning’s shootaround at the Barclays Center, in advance of Wednesday night’s game against the Brooklyn Nets, but Varnado had to remain off the court until the final details of his contract were completed.
Although Varnado has appeared in only two games for a total of 12 minutes with the Heat, coach Erik Spoelstra said he has been impressed with the progress of the former Mississippi State standout who had bounced the previous two seasons between Europe and the NBA Development League.
By Ira Winderman