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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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y-not

Barry, One of the best parts of doing Armando's job has been I've taken an interest in your blog. Not as many trolls to read through in the comments section and you do good work. Wish I was interested in Marlins and Heat but football only.

Thanks

Q's Shadow

y-not, I agree Barry's blog is a good read. Lots of detailed, behind the scenes, information that you can't typically find anywhere else. I just wish he would provide more FIU football notes. People do care.

taheati

One quibble re the statuses of Brand/Haywood. Though both will be amnestied, one, in part, will be amnestied because of, not despite the other. Brand is still chasing $$$, Brand wants to join DAL, the Mavs are reportedly amnestying Haywood *because* of 1) Kaman, 2) Brand, i.e., the Mavs will be subcap after amnestying Haywood when they bid on Brand. [ http://bit.ly/NiyEQ8 ]

So the Heat, should they choose, would consider one, not both, whether they bid or not (e.g., BH as UFA for vet min.)

taheati

One quibble re the statuses of Brand/Haywood. Though both will be amnestied, one, in part, will be amnestied because of, not despite the other. Brand is still chasing $$$, Brand wants to join DAL, the Mavs are reportedly amnestying Haywood *because* of 1) Kaman, 2) Brand, i.e., the Mavs will be subcap after amnestying Haywood when they bid on Brand. [ http://bit.ly/NiyEQ8 ]

So the Heat, should they choose, would consider one, not both, whether they bid or not (e.g., BH as UFA for vet min.)

Joe

The Marlins Bell really can t say anything nor should he reply whether his manager tells him first or not.Bell s not the Manager and Bell hasn t done anything special to earn special privileges as a Marlin pitcher.Keep quiet Bell and go practice your game.YOU really are in no position to say anything.

omaximus

If people cared about FIU football as much as you want them to then Barry would include them in his notes. Truthfully, they are borderline irrelevant.

Barry is not covering the Canes, Heat, Marlins and Dolphins because he loves them so much. He writes about them because that is what gets pageviews.

Julie Durda

Heath Bell...more jogging and less blogging...less eating and less tweeting....more cardio and less radio...more trying and less crying. Ya Phatphuck.

go

omaximus im a canes fan through and through but i gotta give fiu respect. they've come a long way in so little time. combine that with upcoming confusa and sheer size of the school and watch out. espn has given them more love than herald. i can't believe nobody cares about fiu, they sold their stadium out three times last season (was there for duke).

Miamisportsfan

FIU football is relevant some people who read this blog and are fans of other Miami teams as well as FIU. Just because he doesn't write about it doesn't mean they are borderline irrelevant, it seems as it's more his personal preference. He went to UM and is therefore a canes fan. FIU is a much better team then people give them credit for, but it takes time to build a fanbase. I'm sure some readers are interested about reading a brief comment at the end about FIU football as well. FIU does have fans they sold out there stadium against Duke and UCF as "go" pointed out.

Another note, if Dante Phillips didn't qualify at Florida how is he going to qualify at UM which is ranked higher? He will probably end up going to a lower ranked school D1 college, prep school, or Juco.

mickey

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

What a joke. Look in the mirror fatso. Try pushing away from the dinner table a couple of hours earlier than usual for you.

Swampbilly

I predicted several years ago that FIU will become a real power in the south. Players will choose FIU over the U for acidemic responsibility only.

Penguin

Just want to chime in on the praise for Barry Jackson. It's great to have a go-to column with reliable, interesting info!

Dashi

Agreed, Barry is the Most Consistent and probably best Sports Columnist in SFla. Always 1 of the first to post News.

FIU was bound to grow, they are in 1 of the most talent rich parts of the country. FIU finally has a Coach that knows u don't have to go far to pick up players. If SFla players stick to the 3 Schools down here(UM, FIU,FAU) the rest of the state will be stuck looking for talent. When UM Dominated we were basically a Collection of the best HS athletes in SFla first.

Crazy will be when UM and FIU are both ranked. U know thats going to happen in the Near Future. We will cheer for FIU just don't think it's ever going to take over The U of Miami.

bonifacio

If Guillen keeps using Bell, I am selling my season tickets. Not that anyone wants them.

Jane

am selling them anywayon stubhub.com...cant give away good seats..lost my arse on these stupid season tickets

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