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Jarvis Varnado absolutely needs to bring his best, and his short term future with the Miami Heat depends on it.
Per a report by Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel, Varnado is signed, but his contract is only partially guaranteed.
In plain English, Varnado misses out on over a quarter of a million dollars if he is cut before opening night, and he misses almost a million dollars if he’s not on the roster past December 15.
Based on his two recent performances, there isn't much to harp on, but there isn't much to praise either.
This is his opportunity to make a huge splash and really “wow” the coaching staff, but a 1-of-5 shooting performance followed by a six point, six foul outing might not cut it.
Varnado just hasn't looked remotely impressive, and while his pedestrian numbers aren’t necessarily indicative of a lack of talent, they’re not indicative of anything special either. Miami certainly likes Varnado—otherwise he wouldn't be playing—but they can only sustain mediocrity for so long.
Sure, he’s younger, but reliable output, whether it’s old or young, beats out young and inconsistent most of the time in the league. Varnado has to play smarter, and he has to look like a legit prospect rather than an inconsistent fringe baller who might be better off on a D-League roster.
It's still very, very early, but Varnado has to come out with more intensity if he’s serious about keeping his job. Otherwise, one of the aging vets, like a Joel Anthony, for example, might be hanging on to their spot at the end of the bench.