Although none of the players in question represented major shocks, the Miami Heat waived a trio of players in order to move toward their regular season roster.
OFFICIAL: The @MiamiHEAT have waived Jarvis Varnado, Larry Drew II and Charlie Westbrook. The team roster now stands at 17.
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) October 21, 2013
25-year-old big man Jarvis Varnado is the most high-profile cut for the Heat, as he was a member of the 2012-2013 Heat while playing in 13 games for the NBA champions. With that said, he had a non-guaranteed deal, making his exile unsurprising, and the Heat are not as starved for options in the frontcourt as they’ve been in previous seasons.
As far as Drew II and Westbrook are concerned, each player was considered a big-time longshot to make the team, and they were likely brought in as organizational depth. Drew II is the son of current Milwaukee Bucks head coach Larry Drew, and he spent time at both North Carolina and UCLA during a long college career.
Now, the Heat’s roster stands at 17 players, and these cuts are rumored to be a good sign for troubled forward Michael Beasley (also with a non-guaranteed deal) to make the final cut. We likely won’t know for a few days, but there is a bit of clarity with these roster moves from Miami.