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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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