Brown wants to keep Varnado after 10-day pact

Brown wants to keep Varnado after 10-day pact
March 10, 2014, 2:45 pm
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In 50 minutes over four games with the Sixers, power forward Jarvis Varnado has 10 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks. (AP)

NEW YORK -- Brett Brown may have another new face on his roster. The Sixers currently have the maximum 15 players signed, but Jarvis Varnado’s 10-day contract expires Monday. The Sixers could sign him to a second 10-day contract or they could fill that roster spot with someone else.

“I am thrilled with him so far,” Brown said of Varnado. “I think he is a good guy. He is so willing to please and so coachable, and then he has the skill of blocking shots. He has a toughness inside. He is someone I want to keep moving forward with.”

Varnado was at the Sixers' morning shootaround in preparation for Monday's game against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

There are numerous reports that the Sixers will be working out a number of D-League players, though Brown said that is not set in stone.

“Nothing has been confirmed,” Brown said. “The only boring comment I have that is true is that this next period of time we are going to be all eyes and ears and wondering can a guy continue on in summer league or with our team. This time of year is that for a lot of teams and we are no different.”

The Sixers have had 19 different players wear their uniform this season and Brown has had a say in any that have come along since the season started.

“No decision was ever made of any significance without a group coming out with an answer,” Brown explained. "That's the way it has to be. People aren't always going to agree, but it has to be done with a small, respected group of people who can figure it out."

"I love working with Sam [Hinkie]," Brown continued. "He’s fantastic. We see things differently at times and he brings up areas that I don’t think through. And I bring up things from a coaching standpoint that he may not have thought about, and collectively we sit down and hammer it out. But at the end of the day I am trusting his judgment."