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Thursday 8 p.m. update: Branden Albert discussions, Heat, Canes

Thursday night update:

Chiefs coach Andy Reid has confirmed earlier reports -- both here and by ESPN -- that the Dolphins have been given permission to talk to the agent for left tackle Branden Albert, the subject of trade conversations between the teams.

But Reid told ESPN's Chris Mortensen this evening the Dolphins haven't been given permission to meet with Albert and give him a physical until a substantive trade offer is made. (Or until Reid and GM John Dorsey change their mind.)

Reid said Dorsey told him the Chiefs and Dolphins haven't talked in two days.

Albert is expected to seek a deal as rich or better than Jake Long's four-year, $34 million contract with St. Louis. He is under contract for next season at $9.8 million, but that salary can be lowered if a longterm deal is agreed on.

The Dolphins want to know that they and Albert see eye to eye on the financial parameters of a multiyear contract before giving up a second-round pick for him. But contract talks aren't holding up the deal. Instead, both teams are simply trying to decide if this is a move they want to make.

NFL Network's Mike Mayock said he would advise against most teams pursuing Albert but believes it's a good idea for the Dolphins. "Miami has already pushed the chips out there, but you can't compete without a left tackle," he said. "Miami is one of the teams that has to stand up and go get him."

Albert was ranked 25th among all left tackles by Pro Football Focus last year.

### Mayock expects FIU safety Jonathan Cyprien to be an early second-round pick.

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Here’s the schedule for the Heat-Bucks playoff series:

Game 1 – Sunday in Miami, 7 p.m., TNT

Game 2 - Tuesday in Miami, 7:30 p.m., NBA TV

Game 3 – Thursday, April 25 in Milwaukee, 7 p.m., TNT

Game 4 – Sunday, April 28, in Milwaukee, 3:30 p.m., ABC

# Game 5 – Tuesday, April 30 in Miami, time TBA

# Game 6 – Thursday, May 2 in Milwaukee, time TBA

# Game 7 – Saturday, May 4 in Miami, time TBA

#: If necessary

Sun Sports can and will carry any first-round game that’s not on ABC.

### Unfortunately, the second half of Game 3 of Heat-Bucks will compete with the first 90 minutes or so of the NFL Draft. 

### ABC will take Game 4 of the Heat series but passed on Game 1, opting instead for Knicks-Celtics on Saturday and Lakers-Spurs on Sunday.

### TNT’s Reggie Miller asserted off the air the other day the San Antonio “can flat out beat Miami in the playoffs” and also wouldn’t rule out Indiana, though that would surprise him. “But here’s the problem,” Miller said.

“San Antonio can’t beat Oklahoma City, but Oklahoma City has no shot against Miami. It’s all about the matchups. Memphis and San Antonio – because of size, strength, grit, half-court defense and ability to pound the ball down low – would give Miami problems. But athletically, San Antonio can’t get by Miami.”

Miller added: “I know Indiana is not scared of Miami. The only problem is they don’t have a No. 1 closer than a LeBron James or a No. 2 like Dwyane Wade. They have the size in Roy Hibbert and David West and guys to guard Dwyane and LeBron in Lance Stephenson and Granger. I would not be surprised if the Pacers pushed them, not necessarily beat them. Chicago is the same thing.”

### And here’s the take of NBA Hall of Famer Rick Barry: “OKC or San Antonio has a realistic chance of beating the Heat, if [San Antonio’s] Tony Parker plays at the level before he got hurt.

“Rebounding is a concern for Miami, no question, especially if you go against Tim Duncan. Even Denver – who would guard JaVale McGee? If they play a team with a really good big man who can post up, how do they deal with that? You live and die with the outside shot. But I’d be shocked if anyone but Miami came out of the East.” 

### Besides the four receivers we mentioned in yesterday’s post, Miami also has had multiple meetings with a few other receivers: Tennessee’s Cordarrelle Patterson, Justin Hunter and Lehigh’s Ryan Spadola. But receiver is now clearly a “strength,” as Jeff Ireland said, and Miami might not draft any.

### UM is perfectly content to have parted ways with suspended linebacker Eddie Johnson, who officially signed with Hinds Community College Wednesday. As one UM person said, it was one problem after another with Johnson – late to meetings and practice, not following rules. By the time he quit school this semester, UM didn’t expect him back, or to be reinstated, for that matter. And Alex Figueroa’s emergence this spring eased concerns about linebacker in the wake of the departures of Johnson and Gionni Paul.        

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Juan

UM is weeding out the bad kids. Good for Golden.

jmike

What a knucklehead.

GMoney

Sometimes it takes people a little time to mature. I wish Eddie the best of luck, and hopefully he will realize the opportunity that he missed here at UM.

CutlerRidge Laz

Coach Al doesnt have a clue what he is doing.

Reality Bites

"Alex Figueroa’s emergence this spring eased concerns about linebacker in the wake of the departures of Johnson and Gionni Paul."

If you believe that statement the Kool Aid has gotten to you and you must lay off. A frosh who hasn't played a down yet can replace two of the best LBs on last years team. I know last years teams D was awful, but if you take out two of the better players of that awful team, and replace them with an unknown, how can you be better off? Defies logic, and on top of that, Fig is already hurt. Good job cane fan.

Tony

Laz, I believe you have it backwards. Your the one that has no clue. Go back to sleep!

Marios

So why didn't the fins just resign Jake Long for less than Brandon Albert and not give up picks, then use a 2 on Terron Armstead, Pugh, or Kyle Long??? They are very comparable players, Branden Albert is not even good enough for KC and is good enough for Miami??

Too bad about Eddie Johnson, he can play, but I expect a much better D this year and you can't have knuckleheads spoiling other players who are with the program.

Anyone here bashing Golden doesn't deserve to have the honor of being a fan of the "U" so move on to your next better team, we'll not miss you.

green

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TK SWAN!!

I FEEL BAD FOR EJ ESPECIALLY WHEN I CAN SEE THAT IF HE DOES NOT GET IT TOGETHER HE WILL END UP WITH A STATE ID #. GOLDEN GAVE HIM ALL SORTS OF OPPORTUNITIES TO GET IT RIGHT AND HE NEVER GOT IT. AS A COACH YOU FEEL FOR A PLAYER WITH TALENT AND A PROMISING ATHLETIC FUTURE WHO JUST CAN'Y SEEM TO GET IT RIGHT DISCIPLINE WISE. I PRAY HE DOES BEFORE IT'S TO LATE. GO CANES!!

AnonymousCane

Haters of the U, of Golden, keep on hating, the U and it's fans thrive on your hate filled, ignorant and moronic comments, so please by all means keep it up. After all we Canes fans need to laugh some too!

Clwtrdan

34 Armbrister will have a say about who gets PT at linebacker. Out with a bad knee this spring, but will be back with a vengeance. A former 2 star who can really load up on a ball carrier, has 4.5 range speed, and has beefed up to 220 from 195 when he came in after playing safety in high school. Johnson and Paul would not accept their responsibilities to the rest of the team and are gone. Best of luck, but we don't need irresponsible teammates in our locker room.

frostdog0819

@Clwtrdan exactly..we also got bond,grace,and terry,...bond i expect to get playing time and ambrister for sure..GO CANES

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