MIAMI HEAT

Miami Heat signs Mickell Gladness, Jarvis Varnado; Terrel Harris to re-sign

 

bjackson@MiamiHerald.com

The Miami Heat signed centers Mickell Gladness and Jarvis Varnado on Friday, and Terrel Harris also has decided to re-sign.

Those three players will bring the Heat’s roster to 16, and appear to reduce the chances of Miami re-signing Juwan Howard or adding an older, veteran center at the league minimum.

Gladness played eight games for the Heat last season before being released, then appeared in 18 games for Golden State, finishing with averages of 2.2 points and 2.2 rebounds in 9.7 minutes. Varnado, selected 41st by the Heat in the 2010 draft, spent the past two seasons in Europe. Both signed non-guaranteed contracts.

Harris averaged 3.6 points in 22 games for the Heat last season. All three players played on the Heat’s summer league team.

The Heat has 13 guaranteed contracts and is expected to use the final two roster spots on a center (Gladness, Varnado or a player not yet under contract) and the other on a wing player (Harris or a player not under contract).

The Heat on Friday completed week-long auditions with center Josh Harrellson, who averaged 4.4 points and 3.7 rebounds in 37 games for the Knicks last season, and shooting guard Jerome Dyson, who averaged 7.4 points in nine games for the New Orleans Hornets last season.

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