The Chicago Bulls are going through their re-tooling stage as they enter the second-half of the season. While the Bulls have been keeping their cards close to the vest when it comes to their intentions on the trading market, that does not mean that they are not looking for new talent. Recently, the Bulls signed Jarvis Varnado to a 10-day contract. While not necessarily a household name, Varnado should be acknowledged for something pretty incredible. He is the NCAA blocked shots record holder with a career total of 564 blocks, beating the next man on the list by 29.
Varnado has had an interesting professional career to say the least. Originally drafted in the 2010 NBA Draft by the Miami Heat, he instead chose to take his talents internationally. Since then he has jumped from team to team, never really finding a place to stay. Varnado last played with the Heat, winning his first NBA Championship alongside them in the 2012-13 season.
Miami waived him on October 21, 2013. Since then, he has played with the Iowa Energy in the NBA D-League, averaging 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4.7 blocks per game.
Again, while not a big name, Varnado does have some potential. Standing at 6-foot-9, 230-pounds with an impressive 7-foot-4 wingspan partnered with tenacity on defense and a good stat-line, that all shows promise he will be more than a dud. Since the previous teams Varnado played for were not as defensive-oriented as Chicago is, there is some hope that this contract could come out well for both sides.
Varnado starts his contract tonight in the Bulls’ game against the Toronto Raptors. Hopefully he gets a chance to show his talents.