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Thursday afternoon update on NFL supplemental draft, Heat, Marlins, Canes

A few notes, updated with a few items since this morning:

### The Dolphins closely studied and scouted former Baylor receiver Josh Gordon in advance of today's supplemental draft, but the Browns just took him in the second round - higher than several teams reportedly had him rated. But the Browns were desperate - they have Greg Little and little else, beyond Travis Benjamin.

That means Miami' s only supplemental draft pick will remain the immortal Manny Wright, whose Dolphins tenure spanned all of three games.

### As we reported two weeks ago, James Jones said he is not retiring, which we mention only because he reiterated it today. He intends to play out the final two years of his contract. 

### For those asking about Greg Oden, his agent told us last week -- as he told us in May - that Oden would love to play for the Heat but that Miami has not called to express interest. Oden and agent Mike Conley Sr. do not know when he will be able to play after his fifth knee surgery but hope it will be at some point next season.

### One thing to keep in mind when quality players get amnestied (such as Elton Brand and reportedly, Brendan Haywood, any minute now and Darko Milicic): Players must completely clear amnesty waivers to be eligible to join a team without cap space, such as the Heat. Teams with cap space can bid on them first, offering to pay only a portion of their contracts.

So the likelihood is that Brand and Haywood get awarded to a team with cap space before the Heat ever gets a chance to bid for either. Brand reportedly is hoping Dallas claims him.

The amnesty deadline is Monday. Pat Riley has said the Heat will not use the amnesty clause on anybody. Using it on Mike Miller would give the Heat some relief against the luxury tax, but would not create ANY additional spending money to use in free agency.

Riley, incidentally, said Wednesday that any more free agent moves are on hold until he watches the Heat's summer league team in Las Vegas next week. He mentioned possibly adding a player in September, late in free agency. The Heat has players with guaranteed contracts.

### As if the regular season MVP award, the Finals MVP award and a championship were not enough, LeBron added three ESPYs to his trophy case Wednesday night: for best Male Athlete, best NBA player and best championship performance. James told reporters covering the U.S. Olympic team practices Wednesday that he's "tired" but enjoying the pre-Olympic experience. The Heat got the ESPY for best team in a vote on Twitter.

### Riley, who has moved away from a post-oriented power game because of the makeup of this Heat roster, was asked Wednesday if he has changed his perspective on what wins in this league. Here’s how he answered:

“There’s no more Alonzos or Patricks,” he said of Mourning and Ewing. “There are two or three centers in the league you can actually throw it out and create the power set offense. It isn’t as much as my evolving to this. It’s watching Erik Spoelstra continue to be innovative with how the NBA has changed.

“The game today has changed a lot, where it’s space and pick and rolls. I’ve evolved to a point where the game today is different than it was 5, 10, 15 years ago. Players like Rashard, Ray Allen, LeBron. It isn’t a traditionalist game. We don’t talk about point guards anymore or two guards or power forwards. When the word power forward comes out, I want to use some oatmeal and make them smaller. We’re getting to the point with this team, until the next center comes along that we can throw it to him on a regular basis, this is how we’re going to play.”

### UM lost its top basketball recruit Wednesday when St. Benedict’s (N.J.) Prep School guard Melvin Johnson was released from his letter of intent, with UM declining to offer any additional explanation. His mother told The New York Post it was a mutual decision but wouldn’t elaborate.

Johnson, who was scheduled to enroll in August, was rated the 99th best player by rivals.com, and the 23rd best shooting guard. He might have played immediately, because Malcolm Grant graduated.

### Venice (Fl.) four-star defensive tackle Dante Phillips, who committed to Florida in February but was denied admission because of academics, will visit UM with his family this weekend, according to CaneSport.com. He hopes to be admitted to UM, but that remains to be seen.

### Tom Deahn resigned today as UM's director of football operations to take a job in the private sector.

### After Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen announced on 790 The Ticket on Tuesday that he would use “closer by committee” instead of Heath Bell, Bell appeared with WQAM’s Dan Sileo, who told Bell that Guillen should have told Bell before telling the media.

Bell initially didn’t want to say anything controversial about that, but Sileo prodded him and Bell said, “I do kind of have a problem [with that]. But I’m not going to second-guess.”

Added Bell: “I’ve got to earn my job back. For whatever reason, I’m not getting the job done.”

     

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