The Miami Heat are looking outward for rebounding help and have brought in former Denver Nugget Chris "Birdman" Andersen on a 10-day contract. The Heat also retained Jarvis Varnado and signed him to his second 10-day contract.
The news was reported by Heat owner Micky Arison on Twitter.
Josh Harrellson instead will be let go to make for Anderson. After cutting the former New York Knick center as well as Terrell Harris earlier this month, the Heat immediately signed Jorts and Varnado to 10-day contracts. Andersen was brought in by the Heat at that time for a workout.
From the official Heat press release:
Andersen, a 10-year NBA veteran, has appeared in 482 career games (10 starts) and averaged 5.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.60 blocks and 17.8 minutes while shooting 50.8 percent from the field. Additionally, he has appeared in 31 career postseason games and averaged 5.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.52 blocks and 17.8 minutes while shooting 58.2 percent from the field.
Last season, Andersen appeared in 32 games (one start) with Denver and averaged 5.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.44 blocks and 15.2 minutes while shooting 54.6 percent from the field.
Varnado, who was signed to a 10-day contract by the HEAT on January 9, appeared in two games with Miami, both victories, totaling two points and two blocks in 12 minutes of action while shooting 1-of-2 from the field.
Varnado was originally signed by Miami on September 7 and waived on October 26 after appearing in two games (one start) on the HEAT's 2012 Summer League team tallying four points, seven rebounds, one steal and a block in 30:07 minutes of action.