The Boston Celtics signed developmental league power forward Jarvis Varnado yesterday and it is a good move for the team as they are really short on size right now. It was announced that forward Chris Wilcox would miss at least a month with a hand injury and the Celtics are currently short on depth with the current roster. Their only big men are Kevin Garnett, Jeff Green, Jared Sullinger, and Brandon Bass. Jason Collins is not included because he is not an NBA caliber player and should no longer be seen playing in an individualized game.
The team has Fab Melo playing well in the developmental league but they felt he was just not ready to contribute just yet at this level. Varnado was a terrific college player at Mississippi State under then head coach Rick Stansbury. He was one of the best shot blockers in recent memory in the college ranks and will be expected to provide toughness and the same rebounding and shot blocking that made him such a great college player.
Now it would be foolish to expect him to immediately come in and play 20 minutes a night but he can certainly be an extra guy who can provide Garnett or Bass with a breather. He wont play enough to either help or hurt the team at this current stage, but if another injury occurs in the front court then he will definitely have to step up his role.
Varnardo is a nice move to help the depth in the front court, but he is certainly not the final answer as the team searches for another big man.
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