Varnado would likely already have been on the Heat if he didn’t suffer an abdominal injury during training camp didn’t force the Heat to cut him. He was drafted by Miami in the 2010 NBA Draft so it was evident that they liked his skill set, particularly shot blocking as he is the current NCAA all-time record holder in that category. He played in limited minutes until Andersen arrived. Since then he has been on the inactive list.
Andersen, while just under a ten-day deal, will likely be kept for the rest of the season if indications from the Heat remain the same. He has already shown some of the energy that has earned him the nickname ‘Birdman’ in his brief time on floor for the team. It looks like as Andersen will take minutes away from Joel Anthony once he gets back into full basketball shape.
Even as Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra has talked about Andersen in the context of him staying with the team, recent reports about free agent center Greg Oden meeting with team president Pat Riley next week might complicate matters. If the Heat choose to sign Oden this season, even though he won’t play a single game, Andersen will likely be the player waived to free up a roster spot due to his contractual situation.