If Jarvis Varnado is going to leave the Miami Heat to play overseas it will be a case of later rather than sooner. Despite a report in La Gazzetta dello Sport that the shot-blocking center was close to a deal in Italy Boca Raton-based agent Mitch Frankel said Sunday his client remains under contract to the Heat and is planning to be at training camp which opens Oct. 1. Varnado has a non-guaranteed contract that becomes partially guaranteed on opening night of the regular season Oct. 29 against the Chicago Bulls at AmericanAirlines Arena. He began his career in Italy in 2010 after being selected in the second round of the NBA Draft that year by the Heat. He joined the Heat last January spitting the remainder of the season between the Heat and the team's NBA Development League affiliate the Sioux Falls (S.D.) Skyforce securing a championship ring despite his inactive status in the playoffs. "Fact is Jarvis is under contract with the Heat. Jarvis hasn't accepted any offer from any team in Europe and Jarvis plans on playing for the Heat next year" Frankel said. "There's a lot of teams in Europe that have contacted us about Jarvis and his plans." Sidigas Avellino is the Italian SerieA team that has been linked to Varnado. "That's a team that has contacted us" Frankel said. "First of all he couldn't even agree to a contract because he'd have to the Heat's permission. He played in Rome a couple of years ago and this is a team that's always watched him and is interested in him." Varnado is coming off an uneven summer with the Heat showing shot-blocking prowess and more of a diversified offensive game in Orlando and Las Vegas but also struggling on the boards at times as well as with conditioning. He was the lone member of the Heat's 2012-13 roster participating in summer league. The former Mississippi State standout will receive $250000 if he is on the Heat's roster on opening night with the guarantee rising to $500000 if not waived by Dec. 15. "They liked his progress but he's got to come in and work hard and be ready for camp and be ready to compete" Frankel said. "There's been nothing more than that."
Agent refutes Heat's Varnado link to team in Italy
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Aug 18