Southeast Notes: Heat, Magic, Oden, Jones

The Heat announced today that they have parted ways with three players on non-guaranteed contracts: Jarvis Varnado, Larry Drew II, and Charlie Westbrook.  Varnado, a shot-blocking specialist, was set to receive a partial guarantee of $250K if he remained on the roster until opening night, but Roger Mason and Michael Beasley appear to be ahead of him on the pecking order.  Here’s more out of the Southeast Division..

  • Now a member of the Heat, center Greg Oden is working towards forgetting his painful past, writes HoopsWorld’s Moke Hamilton.  “Just being on the team, being at practice every day, being able to go to the gym, that is the greatest thing,” Oden said. “It’s everything to me.”  Meanwhile, neither the center nor coach Erik Spoelstra are willing to put a timetable on his return.
  • Meanwhile, David Aldridge of is skeptical that Greg Oden can make a sizable impact on the Heat this season given his injury woes.  Despite his skepticism, Aldridge says that he can’t help but root for the former No.1 overall pick to find success in Miami.
  • Solomon Jones seemed like a longshot to hook on with the Magic but it’s starting to look more probable, writes Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel.  The USF product, who has been with five teams since 2006-07, can offer Orlando some big-man depth behind Nikola Vucevic and Kyle O’Quinn.

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