Ex-Celt Varnado winds up a champion with Heat

Ex-Celt Varnado winds up a champion with Heat
June 21, 2013, 2:00 pm
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Ray Allen wasn't the only former Celtic to win an NBA championship with the Miami Heat Thursday night. Jarvis Varnado, who had a brief stint with the Celtics this season, is also a member of the title team.

Varnado went through training camp this season with Heat before being waived in late October 2012. He then began his regular season with the Sioux Falls SkyForce (NBA Development League) and signed with the Celtics on Dec. 24. The rookie made his NBA debut on Christmas Day and appeared in five games before he was waived on January 6, 2013.

Just three days later Varnado signed a 10-day contract with the Heat, the organization which selected him with the 41st overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. He eventually inked a deal for the remainder of the season.

"Both teams are first class organizations. It's an extremely good honor and blessing to play with [them]," Varnado, 25, told CSNNE.com on the Heat's last regular season trip to the TD Garden. "The guys were great when I was in Boston and they opened me with open arms. Then when I went back to the Heat they welcomed me with open arms, so it's the best of both worlds."

The 6-9 forward believes his shot-blocking, rebounding, and energy are his "niche" and will help him earn a place in the NBA. He will have the opportunity to showcase those skills in the NBA Summer League.

Varnado began his season in the D-League, played for one of the most historic sports franchises, and joined the eventual 2013 NBA Champions. Not a bad year for someone who is just happy to be playing basketball.

"It's just a good feeling being in league," Varnado said in March. "That's always been my dream, my goal, and I've finally accomplished it."