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Boston Celtics Sign Jarvis Varnado, Chris Wilcox Out with Thumb Issue

December 24th, 2012 at 12:35 PM
By Will Clark

Already thin on front court depth thanks to the departure of Darko Millicic the Boston Celtics are now in desperate need of size thanks to a thumb injury to forward Chris Wilcox that will reportedly keep him out at least a month. In response the Celtics have signed Sioux Falls Skyforce forward Jarvis Varnado of the NBA Development League. The 6'9" 24 year old Varnado, originally drafted by the Miami Heat in the second round of the 2010 NBA Draft, was averaging 14 points, 10 rebounds, and 3.9 blocks per game with Soiux Falls this year. He had previously played professionally in Isreal and Italy before ending up in the D-League this year.

Many thought that the Wilcox injury would be an opportunity for rookie Fab Melo to get some minutes with the pro club, particularly after Melo enjoyed a breakout game with the Maine Red Claws on Saturday, registering a triple-double of 16 points, 15 rebounds, and 14 blocked shots, a D-League record. However sources close to the Celtics including head coach Doc Rivers say that Melo simply is not ready for the NBA at this time. Wilcox was already being phased out of Boston's rotation in favor of the more defensive minded Jason Collins prior to the thumb injury. He had recorded DNP's the past two games so Varnado is unlikely to see much action despite sliding in to Wilcox's spot. However, as Celtics fans know all to well at this point, you can never have too many bigs.

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