The Miami Heat have announced they have brought back Jarvis Varnado on a second 10-day contract, while also signing Chris Andersen to his first.
The news comes less than a week after the team allowed the 10-day contracts of Varnado and Josh Harrellson to expire. The team was impressed enough with Varnado in his limited time to give him a chance, but weren’t willing to do the same with their shooting big man. Harrellson played in one instance under the deal, recording a missed field-goal and a turnover in three minutes against Sacramento.
Meanwhile, Varnado ended up playing some heavy garbage-time minutes with the Heat resting the ‘Big Three’ in the fourth quarters of two games on their road trip. As a result, Jarvis was given some playing time and would make the most of it. In six minutes against the Kings, Varnado recorded his first ever field-goal on a short-hook while also recording his first block. The six minutes he had against Golden State were a little less uneventful, as he recorded three fouls and a turnover to accompany a block.
Varnado failed to bring down a single rebound in either of those contests. Miami feels that the ‘Birdman’ may be a temporary answer to their rebounding woes.
The 6’10” Andersen worked out for the Heat during their six-game road trip, but not until now has he reached a deal. It’s the first time Andersen has signed with an NBA team this year, and is following up a 2011-’12 campaign where he played only 32 games for the Denver Nuggets before being waived mid-July.
Andersen is averaging 5.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per for his career.
The Heat don’t play again until a Wednesday matchup with Toronto.