July 18, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Miami Heat center Mickell Gladness (21) and Golden State Warriors center Festus Ezeli (31) box out under the basket for a rebound during the game at the Thomas and Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE
The Miami Heat have signed big men Mickell Gladness and Jarvis Varnado to non-guaranteed contracts which bolsters their roster to 15 players in anticipation of training camp, which begins on September 29.
Both players have bounced around with the Miami Heat organization for the past few years. They both played for the Heat's Summer League teams in Las Vegas. Gladness was part of the team roster at the start of last season and appeared in eight games with Miami, averaging 0.3 points, 1.4 rebounds and 3.5 minutes before being released on Feb. 7. He returned to the HEAT on a pair of 10-day contracts (Feb. 12 and Feb. 28) before moving on to play for the Golden State Warriors.
Varnado has played in Europe since being drafted #41 overall by the Heat in the 2010 NBA Draft after concluding his collegiate career at Mississippi State as the NCAA's all-time leading shot-blocker and last played for Pallacanestro Virtus Roma of the Italian Lega Basket Serie A.
Also Friday, Andray Blatche's agent confirmed that the former Washington Wizards player has agreed to sign with the Brooklyn Nets. The Heat continue to audition other big men such as former New York Knicks center Josh Harrellson but the team will surely keep an eye on players that might become available once other teams begin to pare down their rosters.
NBA teams can sign up to 20 players for training camp but must bring that down to 15 before the regular season begins.