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Your Morning Dump..Where the Celtics signed Jarvis Varnado

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

Who? Yeah, that was pretty much every Celtics fans’ reaction last night around 11:30pm when the news broke. With Chris Wilcox now out for roughly a month, and the C’s already in desperate need of some rebounding & defense, they’ve signed shot-blocking specialist Jarvis Varnado:

ESPN Boston-Celtics sign Jarvis Varnado:

 Varnado, a 6-foot-9 forward, averaged 14 points, 10 rebounds and 3.9 blocks per game in 10 appearances for the Sioux Falls Skyforce this season. The 24-year-old was drafted in the second round (41st overall) of the 2010 draft by the Miami Heat. He spent time in Israel and Italy before landing in the D-League this winter.

The Celtics had an open roster spot after Darko Milicic left the team last month. Boston’s need for a big man was heightened when Doc Rivers disclosed today that center/forward Chris Wilcox will miss about a month due to a right thumb issue.

Varnado is an athletic big man who can rebound and block shots. The Celtics, who struck gold when they signed Greg Stiemsma last season after his time in Sioux Falls, are hoping to find another serviceable young big via the Skyforce.

Varnado was the SEC’s Defensive Player of the Year 3 times while at Mississippi State, and broke the all-time record for career blocked shots, formerly held by Shaq, with his 413th swat in 2009. He was with the NBDL’s Sioux Falls Skyforce before Boston snatched him up, where he earned performer of the week honors earlier this month. During that week, Varnado led his squad to a 3-0 record with averages of 15 pts, 9 rebs & a D-League high 5.7 blocks.

Jarvis spent the last few seasons playing in Italy and Israel. He had 65 blocked shots for Italy’s Carmatic Pistoia in 2010-11, which earned him the nickname “Tornado Varnado”:

Here’s a clip of Varnado breaking the blocked-shots record while at Mississippi State:

No word yet on when JV will officially join the team and you can read a bit more on him over at his Wiki page.

The rest of the links:

Herald: Avery close callCSNNE: Green returns|Globe: Wilcox could miss a month

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  • eddysamson

    Yeah another undersized dude! Just what we needed to go along with Bass, Sully, Wilcox, and Green!

    Seriously though it makes sense. Were probably losing 1-2 of those I named to a trade in the next month or 2 for a real big so we’ll need this guy.

  • Jose

    Maybe this will be a godd signing. Only time will tell that’s for sure. But more importantly, I would like to wish everyone of my felow Celtics suporters a happy Xmas!!

  • KY Celts fan

    I remember watching this dude play my Wildcats. He has phenomenal timing when it comes to blocking shots, and knows how to rebound. But don’t expect hardly anything out of him offensively.

  • Chris H

    So I guess we are going to trade Melo, because why use the shot blocker you had for free, when you can go out and buy another one?

    Dumb…

    • eddysamson

      to quote Doc:

      “I havent talked to anybody that thinks hes ready yet.”

      • Chris H

        And that is half the problem. Maybe he should talk to somebody else or perhaps use his own eyes.

  • http://mrcuret.wordpress.com mrcuret

    They couldn’t sign Kenyon Martin who’s a pretty good defender & obviously has played in the league??? Smh

    • KWAPT

      I hear you on that one, but Martin will be 35 in 5 days and hasn’t played in 7 months while Varnado is 24 and game-ready. There’s a reason why no one has signed Martin. That’s my feeling on it anyway..

      • Brian

        Yea pretty much. Martin hasn’t been the same since he had microfacture surgery. He isn’t the guy catching alley oops from Kidd anymore. His defensive ablity is all from the neck up. He lost his hops and is a shell of his former self. Varnado is a hungry player who will go all out much like we saw Avery last year. Defense leads to offense. Do you see Bass or Sully making plays like this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=CSjsdctR-zs

        • eddysamson

          like what exactly? youi just linked a 2.5 hour video ><

  • Astarot

    Doubt he’ll be next Stiemsma things like that never happen twice, and again like someone said above another undersized ‘big man’. Also doubt he’ll have some trade value. They gotta look for someone better/bigger. Really desperate move by Cs with this one. I’d rather go with Fab, extend Sullinger and Collins minutes and try to get “real” big, maybe wait till deadline in January with some 10 days contract.

  • zippittyay

    exactly the type of guy we need.

  • thetitleisours

    I am glad they are giving a young guy a chance instead of an old washed up vet. If it does not work out then they can try again and maybe find another Steimsma

  • Chris

    I don’t see what the problem with signing a “undersized” forward that can potentially block some shots and grab boards for this team. I’d rather sign an “undersized” forward than a legitimate 7 footer who can’t do anything for the team. Remember Ryan Hollings? He was “bigger” but wasn’t necessarily “better”

  • So Funny

    this team will not win banner #18 trust me they sucked unless they sign maniot bol

  • ghoulbuns

    “Maniot” Bol? Bahahahah

  • Vince

    Clearly, there is no one out there at Center so the Celtics grabbed one of the best Developmental League rebounders. You would have thought that Sullinger could have filled this role. However, this guy was a monster at Miss State so he should be able to help with rebounds but he is going to constantly have defensive match up problems.

  • Vince

    So, I guess the Celtics have almost as much faith right now in Melo as the Jets have in Tebow…..

  • Me

    maybe they are trading sullinger and bass.. so that pf’s are KG and VARNADO…

    trade for a center

    varejao gortat jefferson