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Allen joining Heat; Camby, Lewis visiting Heat; Dolphins media column

Heat owner Micky Arison sent a tweet Friday night saying: "It's 2:30 a.m. in London and I was just woken up with great news: Welcome to the family, No. 20!"

The Ray Allen camp was fine with letting Arison break the news, and second source close to Allen also confirmed it.) Allen is getting a two-year deal worth $6.3 million. He turned down $12 million over two years from Boston. Please see my full story on the sports home page about Allen joining Miami.

Heat president Pat Riley and coach Erik Spoelstra met with Allen in Miami on Thursday afternoon. After a break, Heat officials - including Riley, Spoelstra, Nick Arison, Andy Elisburg and Alonzo Mourning - dined with Allen on Thursday night at Il Gabbiano on Brickell.

When the day was done, Allen did not tell the Heat if he planned to sign with Miami.

On Friday, he apparently made it. Allen cannot sign until July 11.

The Heat can pay him no more than $9.1 million over three years. The Celtics were offering $12 million over two years and reportedly might include a no-trade clause to ease his concerns after nearly dealing him this past February. The Clippers canceled their Friday meeting with Allen after deciding instead to sign Jamal Crawford to a four-year deal, using their $5 million mid-level exception.

2) Free agent center Marcus Camby is visiting the Heat on Saturday and also is expected to meet with the Knicks, according to a source. Camby initially thought he was going to re-sign with Houston, but that is now less likely.

The Spurs and Mavericks are also in contention. But Camby is not interested in signing for the veteran's minimum. Because Allen is getting the Heat's exception, the Heat likely would need to do a sign and trade to get Camby.

Camby, 38, averaged 4.9 points (on 44.6 percent shooting), 9.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks last season for Portland and Houston. His rebound average was 16th in the league and his block average was 21st.

He already has spoken with Heat president Pat Riley, who expressed strong interest.

3) Forward Rashard Lewis will visit the Heat on Sunday, according to agent Tony Dutt. The Knicks, Spurs and Hawks also remain interested, but Lewis is very intrigued by the Heat. Miami "is one of his final couple choices," Dutt said.

Lewis is not necessarily opposed to taking the $1.3 million veteran's minimum because he's due $13.7 million this season in a buyout from the Hornets. But if a team offers him the mid-level exception, that could be tempting. (Miami is obviously holding that $3.1 million exception for Allen.)

Lewis, 32, made 87 three-pointers two years ago, is a career 38.8 percent three-point shooter, and is the type of "stretch" forward that Miami covets. Lewis, 6-10, can play either forward position and is committed to regaining his past form after a knee injury limited him to 28 games last season with Washington. 

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MEDIA COLUMN

Reality television crashes the South Florida sports scene next week, offering a level of fly-on-the-wall access and intimacy and insight unlike anything the Dolphins or Marlins have ever allowed us to witness.

The eavesdropping should make for fascinating viewing, first with the Marlins’ eight-week reality series that debuts at 10 p.m. Wednesday on Showtime, and then dovetailing into the Dolphins’ five-episode Hard Knocks series that launches at 10 p.m. Aug. 7 on HBO. All you need is a subscription to HBO and Showtime, or a friend with one.

The Herald covered the Showtime/Marlins series in Thursday’s newspaper and on the web site. Here’s an early look at what to expect from Hard Knocks:

### NFL Films’ Ken Rodgers, producing his fifth installment, said nothing will be off limits, but coach Joe Philbin will be permitted to review the show on the morning it airs.

“That’s for one purpose – to make sure we don’t reveal anything that affects competitive balance,” Rodgers said. “Our concern is not to give other teams audible calls or phrases they have not yet revealed in game situations. Our job is to make good television, not be scouts for other teams.”

Contrary to a report, Rodgers said no player or union member will be allowed to view the show before it airs or given any veto power over content. “We’ve been assured access to EVERYTHING in the Dolphins’ facility,” Rodgers said. “We wouldn’t do a show that has limitations on access.”

### Hard Knocks was very fortunate that the Dolphins added colorful character Chad Ochocinco, who was featured prominently during the 2009 Hard Knocks, which chronicled the Bengals.

“As a television producer, I’m glad they signed Chad because I think it’s good television,” Rodgers said. “I’m more interested in him as a player than a TV personality.

“In Cincinnati, he was a lovable goofball. We are interested much more in Chad’s football story than we were in Cincinnati. He’s got an A-list storyline as far as trying to resurrect his career. He doesn’t have too many chances left.”

### Besides Ochocinco, what other storylines appeal to Rodgers and his crew?

“Position battles are interesting and the quarterback battle is something every fan likes to see,” he said.

Tight end Les Brown, who hadn’t played football since 2006 and left an accounting job to join the Dolphins, “is an interesting storyline. We’re interested in the plethora of receivers heading into camp and how they will shake out. The desire of the cornerback duo to raise their game and be in the top tier of NFL cornerbacks is one we’re interested in following. The offensive line has some good characters.”

Director Rob Gehring chimed in with a few other potential angles: “We’ll spend some time with the defensive line. Cam Wake has a great back story. He’s at the peak of his arc. Who’s going to play off him? Is Olivier Vernon going to step up? Jared Odrick is an interesting character, has an engaging personality.”

### But Rodgers cautions that “half of our plans go out the door immediately upon arrival because other storylines are better. We will shoot up until Monday for every show, which airs Tuesday nights. I can’t even say the quarterback battle will be in Show One. We’re not locked into anything.”

### Talk about a massive editing job: NFL Films shoots 250 hours for every one-hour episode. There’s a 100-person staff “that works every day, 18-hour days for six weeks – no weekends, no breaks,” Rodgers said. Hard Knocks will again be narrated by actor Liev Schreiber.

### Rodgers and Gehring already have spent several days at Dolphins camp during offseason practices, researching and shooting footage for the opening. Two observations, in particular, have stood out to them.

“The overall impression I was struck with was the desire to re-define the franchise: This is a team intent on re-capturing the glory years,” Rodgers said. “You can see it in the hallways, in the redecoration of the practice facility.”

Rodgers described the new attitude thusly: “We are proud of who we are at the Dolphins, and we’re going to live up to the glory of the past.”

Gehring said of Philbin: “When you’re around him, you’re like, ‘This is a guy that can turn this thing around.’ He’s a leader. After having just been around him for less than a month, I’m like: I’ll run through a wall for that guy.”

Said Rodgers: “Don’t mistake Joe Philbin’s quiet, thoughtful demeanor as not being in touch with everything that is happening on the field. It might seem like there is a detachment, but he is deeply ingrained with everything.”

NOTABLE

### Next Wednesday’s first episode of “The Franchise” - the Showtime/Marlins series - will be an hour, with the seven others running 30 minutes.

MLB Productions executive producer David Gavant said the Marlins provided them more access than the Giants did last year, specifically to members of the front-office and ownership. “It’s ground-breaking,” he said.

### Erin Andrews, 34, who cultivated her sizable fan base as a sideline reporter, made a sensible career move this week by leaving ESPN after eight years to join Fox, which will give her NFL assignments (features on the pre-game show, sideline reporting during playoff games), a reporter’s role on marquee baseball telecasts (including Tuesday’s All-Star Game) and a high-profile studio host job on the network’s new Saturday night Pacific 10/Big 12 football package.

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Dopes

Would rather have Crawford.

Sanford

I am eXcited to see the Dolphins on this show. Hope they can feed off this and turn this team around into a winner. Seems as if we will have a new QB once again, but looking forward to thr rookie QB starting next year.

Penguin

So nice to hear good things about Philbin, who contrary to recent management hiring practices does not seem like a Grumpy Old White Man (Ireland, Sparano, Parcells). I wish him success!

Heatles

Heat has gotten a lot from older guys before, so I'm hopeful about Lewis if he comes here. He's only 32.

Thetittyman

Go back to Boston, Ray. I love you, but not here. No beans, no Bruins, no red soxs, no nothing from boston, but the Tea Party way back then and the Pops. That is all Boston has to offer me.

Heatles

Hope Ray signs. He would get a ton of open shots.

Dashi

Can we stop with the Lewis talk. Of course he wants to sign with the heat nobody wants him. Very few good things u can say about Lewis, if any.

He is 6'10, but plays like he is 6'7. He doesn't want to and he can't play the PF. He thinks he is a SF. Can't rebound, He has No defense and he will never take a charge. Lewis will never give u 1 hustle play in any game.He defines selfish, Lewis doesn't pass he just shoots it.

The guy I say is only 33 and is 10x the player Lewis has ever been or will ever be. Yeah, he's been hurt for the last couple of years, but he should be fine now. The injury is the only reason we can get him for the minimum. We can get Lewis for the minimum not cause they bought him out, but because no one wants his garbage asz. Lewis is done, the clippers went after Odom before Lewis cause Odom has more heart and has more skill than lewis now.

Home on the Herald

Allen would be a great pick up for Miami but if the Celts are offering him a total of 6 million more in his final years than believe he would resign and take the money

Congrats tot the Heat for being the best on the NBA

:)

Home on the Herald

Home sees the fish as a spoiler team this season and nothing more

Believe we will have serious issues at pass rush and our secondary playing together as a team

Expecting the fish to have the last placed defense in the AFC east and last place team in the AFC east in 2012

All our division rivals did a stellar job addressing the pass rusher position and are all building/have built good defenses

Will Will Allen get his ring this season with the Patriots?

Ray Finkle

Rashard Lewis can shoot threes, that's why he's the #2 target after Ray Allen.

Dashi

Kyle Korver can Shoot 3's.

That guy can also shoot 3's and pass and take his guy off the dribble.

taheati

/offtopic

Laff du jour.

Q from Winderman's Q&A: "Why didn't the Heat go after Jason Kidd? Last time I checked, he was a very good shooter and ballhandler who can play off the ball. -- Ken, Miami"

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Jason Kidd, "very good shooter?".

LOL.


/ontopic

Interesting interest in Jordan Hill, a rebounding version of Joel Anthony with similarly similar hands but even worse at converting bunnies (46% v. JA's 56%) -- though Hill is more active and does bring more dimensions (steals) on defense.

Still, Lakers hold partial Bird so they can offer up to $3.6m per over 5 while Hill also awaits trial for felony assault (choking his girlfriend).

Next?

Dashi

The Heat need to go after that guy.

Kid was never a good shooter, just recently he became average. Kidd is a great PG and he would've helped taking the ball out of lebron and wade's hands all the time.

But

Chalmers and Cole are developing. I don't see us going for anymore little guys, at least not this year. Jordan Hill won't be an upgrade over anyone on the heat. I would rather see the rookie Center get some playing time. JH is 7 ft can shot the 3 and can spin to either side and shoot with both hands.

Ray Finkle

Jordan Hill would be a nice upgrade on Joel Anthony, Jason Kidd would have been a great addition as well.

Kyle Korver is waiting to see if the Bulls are going to pay him 5 million or if he's going to get the full mid level from someone else.

The Heat have no use for Tracy McGrady, he's washed up, never could play defense, and can't play without the ball in his hands. He can't be on the court with Wade and LeBron and he's not good enough to carry the offense without them.

And the rookie center isn't even going to be on the 15 man roster, as anyone who's ever watched basketball knows.

Dashi

Wrong on Hill

Jason kidd could've helped.

I was just stating korvers name as a 3 pt shooter. I wouldn't want him on the heat we already have JJ and Milk.

The heat do have use for that guy. He might be washed up. Why else would we be getting him for the minimum? He can play D. He's not a lock-down defender. To much offense was never asked to play D. He can play off the ball. Why can't he be on the court with wade or lebron? Tracy can play 3 positions and is 6'8+. He Shoots the 3, can take his guy off the dribble and he can pass.

Quick 2012 video recap.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffqKHyyUNj4&feature=related

Tell me if he still can't do what u say after watching? That was just last season. Watch as he blocks multiple guys(Korver, KG, Mayo, Etc. Etc. ETc.) It's time lapsed so U will see him jumping off his leg better by the end of the video/season.

Can he Shoot
Can He pass
Can he play D on PG-SF and team D (KG block is an example)
Can he play off the ball and cut to the rim
Can he draw fouls
Can he rebound

Also he is only going to get healthier this year coming up since he hasn't been injured recently(He was the one that told Kobe about the knee procedure after he saw it worked on him, T-mac's knee was just way worse). Tracy off the bench will do more damage than Lewis or any other scrub the heat will bring in. Except allen.

Ray Finkle

Never in that dude's life has he ever had to catch and shoot. That's all the Heat need offensively, they have no use for guys like McGrady, he's a tall Ricky Davis.

No problem having him sit in the inactive slots on the bench all year for the minimum but he would never see the court.

Rashard Lewis and Ray Allen can catch and shoot three pointers. Either one would be a phenomenal addition to the Heat.

Dashi

That video was not a highlight video it was just a recap of last season. Look at all the 3's he caught and shot.

Ricky davis, that's just Funny. Has any of those other FA including Ricky Davis (even though he's out the league). Ever been a 2-time Scoring Champ, 7x time All-star(Maybe Ray), 2x All-NBA 1st Team, 3x All-nba 2nd Team.

Did Lewis do any of that last year? Or Ever in his Career. We need guys with position Versatility.

T-mac- 6'8+, Can shoot 2's and 3's, dribble, pass, defend, Rebounds and plays 3 positions

Lewis- he can shoot 3's and he thinks he's a SF

I still don't understand the hate towards the man? Maybe if he was garbage his whole career people wouldn't care about hating him. Like Lewis

Why no animosity towards the garbage players. J.Hill, Kaman, Lewis.

'Cool 'Cat

OK. Lets say Ray Allen ends up with the heat. That means two people must go: So who goes?

Dashi

Milk Miller, whats up with his back?
Is he going to get it fixed now or wait for the season to start?
He's pulled that stunt already. C'mon Milk
Plus if we release milk don't we get the full mid-level back?

And curry. No need to explain that one.

Frenchtran

Dashi, we don't get the mid-level back if Miller is released or amnestied. Barry and others have written that. We get only the mini midlevel. Curry is an unrestricted free agent.

Dashi

Oh OK, thanks.

I just thought since we were paying milk 5 mil+, that if we let him go we get the full mid level we used to sign him back.

So would we get 2 mini midlevels? Cause we have 1 now.

I always though curry was coming back. Ur right they still haven't signed him. Good move so far.

Bosh better gain those 20lbs cause I see him playing alot of center next year. Unless they plan to give my boy Pitt some more minutes. Doubt that

Thetittyman

I am glad he is conflicted and I hope Ray Allen decides to stay in Boston. He was the Celtic I feared most during the playoofs, other than Kevin Garnett. And, he was only a shell of himself. I doubt if he will be any better with the Heat. We'd end up carrying him all season or trading him. We don't need him. I know Mr. Riley and the other managerial people know have forgotten more about basketball than I have ever known. However, I and not comfortable with Ray Allen here. He a wonderful person and all of that, but I don't want him on my team. The only player from Boston I'd take is Kevin Garnett.

Penguin

No trade clauses are good for people. For marriages. For businesses. For teams.

Go, Heat!

Rochedter

Ray is the best. It's time to say that best people make best move. That makes me remember LB decision. I will take my talents to South each and join the Miami Heat. Look at him now? He is a champion. Of course, RAy is already a champ. But, He is going to have more rings. Ahahahahahahahahahaanahhaahahahha.

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