Varnado has already played in Italy with second-division club Carmatic Pistoia after getting drafted in the second round by the Heat in 2010. He then signed on with Israeli club Hapoel Jerusalem B.C. before leaving in early 2012 to play back in Italy with Pallacanestro Virtus Roma of Serie A.
Varnado's contract would have been guaranteed had he made the Opening Day roster. With the Heat now down one less roster spot heading into training camp, they could look at a number of veteran free agents available or choose to retain a younger prospect. At this point of the offseason, free agents still available would certainly listen to the back-to-back champs, who would likely only offer a veteran's minimum contract.
Agent Mitch Frankel just told me Jarvis Varnado is committed to Heat camp, "They like his progress."— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) August 18, 2013
Even though his contract is not guaranteed, Varnado under contract and therefore can't sign elsewhere at this stage.— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) August 18, 2013
Frankel said overseas teams have inquired about Varnado, which is not unusual with players without NBA guarantees for season.— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) August 18, 2013