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Wednesday update: Heat discusses its draft plans; James on Wade's role in marriage proposal

Highlights from Heat vice president/player personnel Chet Kammerer's draft news conference Wednesday:

### Kammerer suggested it's unlikely Miami will pick a big man at 27. He indicated he has a high regard for Syracuse center Fab Melo, but believes he will be gone before Miami's pick at 27, and also believes he's a year or two from contributing.

"Mock drafts have him in the teens, early 20s. That's probably pretty accurate," Kammerer said. "There's a player that has a lot of upside. He's played only four organized years of basketball. He's very raw but a pretty interesting player because of his length and athleticism. He's a hard working big man. I think his future is bright. He could be a pretty significant player in the league."

As a result, Kammerer said "it will be difficult for us to find a big man at 27 that will totally excite us." But that doesn't exclude power forwards - which he said is the deepest position in the draft.

### Kammerer revealed the Heat "more than likely will stay at 27" and likely won't trade for a second-round pick.

### He said the goal is to "find someone who will complement the key guys that are part of the Heat roster." He added the player "may not be a rotation'' player but hopefully will contribute next year.

### Kammerer, Riley and other Heat officials spoke this week about the Heat using smaller lineups in the postseason. "We found playing smaller turned out to be pretty good," he said. "That's part of our thinking. We would look at a perimeter more now than [a few weeks] ago. If we can find a player that's versatile and can switch and create mismatches, that's pretty important."

### He said "every year, Pat Riley asks: Is there a good big? I don't think that has changed." Kammerer said he advocates taking the best available player.

One intriguing power forward, if he surprisingly slips to 27, would be St. Bonaventure's Andrew Nicholson, an excellent shooter who averaged 18.4 points and 8.5 rebounds. Mississippi State's Arnett Moultrie would be an option if he slips.

ESPN's Jay Bilas said Melo “has improved a great deal. He’s not an offensive player but a pretty good rebounder and has done better blocking shots. His fitness level improved, so he's able to run better. He's more mobile. But he was anchored in the middle of that zone. You put him in the NBA and he will be put in a lot of pick-and-roll situations and asked to move around the floor. That’s not a strength of his.”

Among perimeter players projected for Miami’s range: Vanderbilt 6-4 shooting guard John Jenkins (probably the best shooter in the draft but “doesn’t do much else and not an elite defender,” Bilas said); Vanderbilt 6-7 small forward Jeff Taylor (“excels at getting to the rim; terrific defender; made major strides as a shooter,” according to ESPN draftnik Chad Ford) and Memphis 6-6 shooting guard Will Barton (Bilas expects he will be gone by 27).

Also in that group: Kentucky shooting guard Doron Lamb (sharp-shooting combo guard; shot 47 percent on threes); Baylor 6-10 small forward Quincy Miller (concerns about knee, but big upside and can knock down open shots); French guard Evan Fournier (compared to Thabo Sefolosha); plus Texas A&M small forward Khris Middleton (14.3 ppg), Kansas swing guard Tyshawn Taylor (a 48 percent shooter, 16.6 ppg) and Oregon State shooting guard Jared Cunningham, an athletic slasher with a quick first step.

Ford, meanwhile, has Miami taking 6-8 Michigan State forward Draymond Green, a solid mid-range shooter and excellent rebounder who “can be a point forward type who does a little bit of everything Think of him as a better passing Udonis Haslem.

### The Heat has no second-round pick (which was dealt to New Jersey in 2010 as part of a cap-clearing Chris Quinn deal), but Miami has auditioned several potential second-rounders, including Duke center Miles Plumlee, Georgetown forward Hollis Thompson, Gonzaga center Robert Sacre and Purdue forward Robbie Hummel.

CHATTER

### Please see the bottom of this post for an update on LeBron James' comments on The View Wednesday morning - including his comments about his marriage proposal.... The Heat has a good chance of getting a $2.9 million disabled player’s exception this summer if the NBA determines that Mike Miller’s back injury will keep him out all next season…. James Jones said he has decided not to retire.

### The Dolphins, who don’t want excessive celebration penalties, hope wise-cracking Chad Ochocinco was kidding when he tweeted this to Commissioner Roger Goodell this week: “I love you but I will be a problem this year. All fine money this year can be collected from @Miami Dolphins management.” Said David Garrard: “Hopefully, he can get back to the old Chad without being fined all the time.”

Ochocino and fiancee Evelyn Lozada spent Tuesday filming their reality show at The Catalina Hotel on Miami Beach. He also sent an obscene tweet to ESPN's Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, who trashed him for his tweet to Goodell.

### Chris Clemons has emerged as the front-runner to start at safety alongside heavy favorite Reshad Jones; former cornerback Jimmy Wilson has come on strong, while free agent pickup Tyrell Johnson has disappointed… Classless move this week by Brandon Marshall to claim he hasn’t had a good receivers coach since coming to the NFL. He was a pain in the neck here for Karl Dorrell, who had to be moved to quarterback coach by Tony Sparano because Marshall was so difficult to work with, according to a person in regular contact with the former coaching staff.

### The Panthers are interested in re-acquiring Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo, who would waive his no-trade clause to come here, and the teams have discussed it. But the Panthers are reluctant to yield top prospects for Luongo, 33, who has 10 years left on his contract and an annual $5.3 million cap hit. For the deal to get done, the Canucks might need to settle for mid-range prospects and a contract Florida would gladly dump, such as Scottie Upshall's (three years, $10.5 million left).

Loungo’s .919 save percentage was nearly identical to Jose Theodore’s .917. Theodore has one year left at $1.5 million. The Panthers, who want to keep prospect Jacob Markstrom in the minors one more year, will resume talks this week with impending free agent goalie Scott Clemmensen, whose agent has exchanged offers with the team.

### Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen hasn’t erupted at his underachieving team once this season, but “I will pretty soon,” he said Tuesday. “I have to be careful how I treat these kids. I don't have a veteran team. I try to be positive. We need that.” The Marlins fell to 34-40 after Tuesday's loss.

### Guillen added: “I’m very disappointed, very sad, embarrassed, down in myself. It’s confusing because we went from the best team to the worst.” But “I’m not going to show them weakness.”

### Tampa’s Travis Johnson, Rivals.com’s 50th ranked receiver, became UM’s eighth 2013 oral commitment, turning down Oklahoma, Notre Dame and others… Butch Davis’ son Drew, who spoke to UM about walking on at quarterback, opted for North Carolina. But UM added Connecticut-based Grant Heyman, the Toronto Blue Jays’ 11th-round pick, who will play baseball here (outfield) and walk on at quarterback.    

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College football is implementing a four-team playoff beginning in 2014, and the Orange Bowl is expected to be one of six bowls that will share the national semifinal games in a rotation, according to a source. The means the OB and Sun Life Stadium would get a national semifinal once every three years or four times over the length of the 12-year deal.

The OB will solidify its spot in the national semifinal game rotation by agreeing to continue its longterm tie-in with the ACC. The extension of the OB's allliance with the ACC will run through 2025 and is expected to be announced shortly.

On years when the OB plays host to a national semifinal, that game would serve as the Orange Bowl and the ACC champ would play elsewhere if it's not one of the four playoff teams.

During years the Orange Bowl does not host a national semifinal, it will pit the ACC champ against an at-large team, provided the ACC champ is not one of the four playoff teams.

The OB also plans to bid to be part of the rotation for the national championship game, though even if the OB and Sun Life get a piece of that, it's unlikely to be awarded that game on years it hosts a semifinal.

The OB will host its 20th national championship game on Jan. 7, 2013, in the next to last year of the current BCS system. The OB game will be Jan. 1.

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James said on The View on Wednesday morning that Wade was holding his ring before he proposed to his longtime girlfriend on New Year's Eve. Just after midnight, James turned to Wade and said: "I'm ready." Wade said: "You sure?" James said: "If you don't give me my ring now, I'm not going to do it."

James was asked on The View if he wants to say anything to the haters. "This trophy speaks for itself," he said.  James said: "We knew it was going to be tough - not quite this tough." What did he think as the final seconds elapsed during Game 5? "It was a relief - like a weight off my back."

Click on our last post for a transcript of James' conversation with David Letterman.

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Puckhead

As good a player as Luongo was here, I'd think twice about taking on a 33-year-old guy with 10 years left on a contract.

Playthefreshmen

Tebow licks meat..

MarlinDad

Guillen is overrated; the guy gets by on reputation

SarasotaFin

Ochocinco is going to be a major distraction. NOT worth the trouble.

taheati

The other thing with Melo -- hands. From the few clips I've seen, has good court vision, spots cutters, makes the pass but iffy hands can make/break NBA bigs (see Joel Anthony). Otherwise, too 1-dimensional w/questionable work ethic. Ezeli is another 1-dimension big who's an even bigger offensive project than JA.

Like what I've seen of O'Quinn. Legit defensive chops, ball iq, off. upside *and* solid intangibles (humble, work ethic, competitiveness) despite smaller size. Measured 6-8.5 /out shoes but has 9-3.5 standing reach (cf. Melo 9-1.5).

If O'Quinn really goes in the 30s, would luv it if the Heat could trade back, snag this guy plus another 2R.

rboud

Golden continues to clean up in the Tampa Bay area. Johnson is a big get. No matter where he is rated, many big-time Programs wanted to get him.

Joe

Liked everything about Ochocinco coming here UNTIL.......the guy started opening his mouth.Dolphins have a bunch of players much better than him ......who are humble and let their play speak for them.Ochocinco has done NOTHING yet and needs to SHUT UP.....until he does something that allows him to act like he s a good player again.Marshall left cause he didn t understand the concept of TEAM first.Ochocinco s already headed that way and hopefully...he ll get reeled in by Philbin.....who is a TEAM FIRST COACH.Otherwise........Ochocinco will again see the Billichek-effect occur with him again.

Lt. Lois Einhorn

Why do you say Philbin is any kind of coach Joe? He's never coached before...

Home for Christ's Sake  ; )

God Bless us all in the 2012 HAARP created,steered and stalled Weather Weapon Of Mass Destruction

The Dolphins are trying to put something together, but realistically have nothing in place to compete with any decent NFL team

If U enjoy the NFL and are not a hater,
Follow the Patriots
AS this is going to be an outstanding season for a team w excellent players and superlative coaching

Also in the NFC
The Eagles and Bears might be something special to watch and cheer for this season

Home feels sorry for Mr. Ross
Who has been duped by Jeff Ireland and his horrible 2012 Draft and dismal losing team record

Thank God
Us locals have the Miami Heat

Great year and many more to come :)

gatorsam

Don't worry when the OBC is host for one of the semifinals the ACC Champion will be sent elsewhere.

Los

We really are people haters..They hated on Labron now Chad Johnson when will all of the Racist hate stop.... We live in a country of HATE and critisim and I bet NONE of the PEOPLE WHO'S DOING THE HATING cant beat Chad at anything on the football field... Get a life and stop hating .

hollyhood

fab melo be nice

DragonFly34

Every player looks good wearing shorts and Ts. I thought wonderboy, Tannehill, would have surpassed the other two QBs in shorts and Ts, but no, the #8 pick can only manage the #3 QB on the deepth chart. And that doesnt bother anyone. The #8 pick in the NFL draft can only manage #3 QB. Being #3 QB is just one step from being shown the back door. Tannehill, who already knows the Dolphin play book, looked like a first grader in shorts and Ts. And no one is concerned?

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