Monday, December 24, 2012

Celtics Sign Jarvis Varnado

Boston has signed the NCAA's all-time leading shot blocker in Jarvis Varnado on Christmas Eve. Varnado is an unproven player at the NBA level, but was a standout during his time as Mississippi State. He was drafted by the Miami Heat in 2010 and then went on to make several appearances overseas. Varnado ended up in the NBA D-League this year, averaging 14 points, 10 rebounds and 3.9 blocks per game.
Varnado will be taking over Darko Milicic's spot on the team, so the roster now stands at 15. I still feel pretty strongly that Boston will have to make a deal by the deadline, but in the meantime this is a signing that puts them in the right direction. Varnado is the type of aggressive and athletic big that this roster lacks. It is still to be seen if he can make an impact, but the Celtics are giving a second chance. If he is able to prove himself the reward could be high.

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