Only a few days after being released, Josh Harrellson is once again a member of the Miami Heat, returning on a 10-day contract.
This comes a day after the Heat announced Chris Andersen was given a workout at the American Airlines Arena while the team was in Indiana commencing a six-game road trip.
The signings of Harrellson and Jarvis Varnado, the former Heat draft pick who was signed to a 10-day contract after replacing Terrel Harris’ roster spot, fill up the Heat’s roster back to 15. Miami can offer as many as two 10-day contracts, before having to make a final decision on whether they want to give either player a guaranteed deal or a release from the team.
Varnado is already practicing with the Heat and is active for tonight’s game against a Portland team that possesses a massive frontcourt featuring the likes of LaMarcus Aldridge, J.J. Hickson, and 7’1″ rookie Meyers Leonard. Other players on this team with an overactive pituitary gland include Jared Jeffries and Joel Freeland (both standing at 6’11″), as well as the seldom-used 6’10″ Victor Claver.
With Dexter Pittman still working in the D-League, the signings of Varnado and Harrellson appear to have been made with great haste. The Heat were beaten up on the boards by an Indiana Pacers team that had three different players record at least 11 rebounds. Bringing on Varnado and Harrellson for 1o-day contracts seem to be designated as possible safety nets in case the Heat can’t find a way to handle one of the larger frontcourts in the league.
However, the Trail Blazers only rank 22nd in rebounds per and 27th in defensive rebounds.
Miami is also gauging the interest of former Portland Trail Blazer center Greg Oden. The 7’1″ center was taken with the number one pick by the Blazers, but has been devastated with injuries since joining the league. He missed his entire rookie season due to microfracture surgery on his right knee. He would play 61 games the next season and 21 the next, before fracturing his left patella in his knee that would cause him to miss the rest of the season.
That was the 2009-’10 season. He hasn’t played since. He was averaging 11.1 points on 61 percent shooting, 8.5 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per that season before injuries ravaged his career.
For Heat fans thinking Oden could be the savior to the Heat’s rebounding woes, don’t get excited: Oden isn’t making his return until the 2013-’14 season.