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Heat summer league notes; Canes, Dolphins tidbits

Some quick notes on a Monday night:

### One of the questions entering Summer League was whether Heat center Jarvis Varnado had improved enough to factor into a decision about whether to use the amnesty clause on Joel Anthony, who is due $3.8 million each of the next two seasons.

So far, the results have been mixed. Varnado, the NCAA’s all-time leading shot blocker, has nine blocks in two games, including five in Monday’s 93-86 victory against Brooklyn in Orlando. 

He has expanded his offensive game, evident by his 19-foot jumper in Sunday’s loss to Utah, but also has had trouble finishing around the basket at times and shot 4 for 11 and 2 for 7 in the two games.

His rebounding numbers (13 in two games) have been decent but hardly extraordinary. He has been foul-prone, with six in each game. (Unlike normal NBA games, players are not disqualified from summer league play for collecting six fouls.)

And on Monday, Varnado was outplayed by Nets center Mason Plumlee, who had 9 rebounds and 23 points – including a follow-up dunk over Varnado late in the game. 

### Forward James Ennis, who struggled in the summer league opener, played better Monday, with 17 points (6 for 12 shooting), five rebounds and three steals. Former Belmont point guard Ian Clark replaced Myck Kabongo in the starting lineup and scored 19 points but also committed five turnovers. Kabongo had two points in 12 minutes on Monday.

The Heat’s biggest standout Monday was former Tennessee forward Scottie Hopson, who scored 22 points in 26 minutes on 8 for 13 shooting. He played in Greece and Israel the past two seasons. The Heat continues summer league play at 5 p.m. Tuesday against Orlando (NBA TV).

### There remains optimism about the Heat’s chances of re-signing Chris Andersen because of his stated desire to return and because the more he signs for, the more he's due from Denver (as a result of being amnestied) would be reduced. But eight days into free agency, Andersen still had not informed the Heat of a decision as of late Monday afternoon.

The Heat wants him back for $1.7 million, which is the NBA veteran’s minimum for players with his years of service, plus the maximum 20 percent raise. If Andersen got the $3.2 million mini-level exception that’s available to the Heat and other taxpaying teams, the $4.5 million he’s due next season from Denver would be reduced, by an amount believed to be $900,000. 

The offset would be much less, believed to be $150,000, if he signs for the minimum.

Andersen is expected to make a decision this week. Any decision on whether to amnesty Anthony would need to be made between Thursday and July 17.

### For those who have asked, Pro Bowl fullback Vonta Leach still had not decided as of Monday evening whether to join the Dolphins, who are interested in him on a low-money deal. Though he likes Miami, he has been waiting for a couple weeks to see if another team is willing to give him a more sizable contract.

The Dolphins remain the front-runner unless another team surprisingly wows him financially in the next two weeks.

### One other Heat note: Center Chris Bosh will visit India from July 16-19 to help promote the sport. He will be the 22nd NBA or WNBA player to visit there since 2006. 

### There was no surprise at UM on Monday when two-sport star Derrick Griffin announced he’s going to prep school for three months. UM was never very optimistic that he would qualify academically this year. He still hasn’t met the necessary ACT requirements.

Griffin told stateoftheu.com that he will enroll at UM in December and play basketball this season, then play football, as well, next season. But he still needs to qualify before any of that becomes a reality. Griffin is a receiver in football, a forward in basketball.

### UM never vigorously pursued Booker T. Washington quarterback Treon Harris and never had interest in him as a quarterback. So there was no great disappointment at UM when Harris announced Monday that he is orally committing to FSU. “That’s the school I’ve liked ever since I was a young kid,” he told rivals.com.

### Hialeah quarterback Alin Edouard’s commitment to UM remains shaky. He re-tweeted a 247sports.com story on Monday that said it seems only a matter of time before he de-commits. He said he plans to visit other schools and that Tennessee, Louisville, Arizona, Cincinnati and Marshall have been pursuing him the most aggressively.


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Lt. Lois Einhorn

Barry - any idea if the Heat talked to Chris Kaman or offered him their tax payer MLE? Riley has always liked Kaman, did he not even meet with him this offseason?

Barry Jackson

Lois: Riley said he would be pursuing no outside free agent aggressively early in free agency. He's happy with the roster, doesn't want to increase the tax burden, etc. I have found no evidence of an aggressive pursuit of any other team's free agent to this point.

Keepin it real always

The Hialeah QB needs to go yesterday because it s very clear he is quite scared to compete with the MANY other QB s Miami has coming in.He sees 4 as too many new QB s..not to mention the ones already here who are well-acquainted with Miami s offense already.Just de-committ now and stop making it a drama son.


Hey Barry - What's the enrollment status of the highly rated defensive end recruit (Muhammed) out of Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey?

Reality Bites

This "afraid of competition" B.S. is just that, a load of crap. You only play one QB at a time so if UM is so loaded at that position then let the kid go somewhere else without bad mouthing him or calling him names. Show some class.
If the Heat wants to save some money then Anthony is the logical choice to be let go, he barely played anyway and is less valuable than Mike Miller.
Would be nice if Varnado can pan out to have another big on the bench as insurance, cheaper than Anthony.


You are a load of crap reality.

That is the truth- if a kid is confident that he is good enough to be the starting QB at the U of Miami, and that is what he wants, he then stays no matter who the () is also here.


Not smart to worry about high school kids.
You can never count on any of these kids until they enroll and even then you don't know what they will become or if they will develop, it's a always crap shoot.
It's better to focus on what we have ready this year and with Morris, Duke, our OL and receivers we are ready for a big year on offense. Hope our defense improves, it played well towards the end of the year, hopefully the players were getting good with the scheme(if D'Onofrio has one), that's the main worry, but if they come through we should be playing for the ACC again and then some.
Can't wait for football!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Baseball sucks.


Hey Barry - What's the enrollment status of the highly rated defensive end recruit (Muhammed) out of Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey?

Posted by: rboud | 07/09/2013 at 10:27 AM

This really good 4-Star DE and #1 ranked Jersey commit isn't going to qualify. He's enrolling into Prep School and looks like he will decide to play at home at Ritgers in 2014. To bad he was a good get that most everyone wanted. Problem is, so are the DT, LB Ath. and WR from Texas. All 5 will be 2013 qualifying casualties.


Can't wait for football!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Marios | 07/09/2013 at 01:07 PM


Clemson and Miami haven’t clashed on the football field since 2010 and aren’t scheduled to play again until 2015. Here’s forecasting they’ll meet in the interim – at the ACC championship game Dec. 7 in Charlotte, N.C.

At least that’s how my ballot will read at the ACC’s annual football kickoff July 21-22.

The Hurricanes’ failure to reach an ACC championship game, let alone win the title, is astonishing given their pedigree. But with 10 starters back on both sides, and barring the NCAA infractions committee going nuclear, that could well change. Running back Duke Johnson, receiver Phillip Dorsett, quarterback Stephen Morris and a line intact from 2012 give Miami plenty of offense. The task is to upgrade a defense that fell from 17th to 82nd nationally in points allowed. A considerable advantage for the ‘Canes: playing Virginia Tech at home for the second straight year.
-- david teel



Q: Would the traditional ACC schools, such as Duke and North Carolina, agree to bring the conference tournament to Madison Square Garden for a block of years?

A: I think it would be great for our fans, ACC fans, to experience at least one time, a tournament in New York and then draw their own conclusions. This is a magical place.
-- Mike Krzyzewski aka Coach K




Q: What’s your assessment of LeBron?

A: LeBron is brilliant. Brilliant. He’s not smart, he’s brilliant. His recall, I compare him to somebody who can play [an instrument] by feel.

I can show him and the team five things that Argentina does in a team meeting, offensively. And by the time we get to the court and walk through, he knows them already. And he’s already thought of ways of defending. So when you ask him well what do you think about this, he can give you input. A lot of times his input, that’s what we do.

After London I told a lot of people, he’s what I call, ‘Mastering it.’ He and the game are one. It’s not just about X’s and O’s. He’s 28, I think right now, and it’s all hit in the last couple of years. He’s one of the greatest ever.
-- Mike Krzyzewski aka Coach K


Realty Bites

Holmie, homie, homer, ho, ho, ho says "if a kid is confident that he is good enough to be the starting QB at the U of Miami, and that is what he wants, he then stays no matter who the () is also here."
And if he doesn't want to stay then he is afraid of competition, a coward, and many other unpleasant things.
As if the U of Miami was the only place or the best place to be. Right.
This kid is thinking of going to UL which right now is a much better place to be for a football player and without question for a basketball player.

At least Marios has some common sense and has a relevant post.

Then there is Marcus bringing you the sad news about the 5 highly touted kids unable to qualify for 2013.
Are you going to call him a loser or hater too?
Just so you know, your latest 2014 DT recruit, Valentine, won't be qualifying next year either.
You heard it first here.


Can't wait for football!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Baseball sucks.

Posted by: Marios | 07/09/2013 at 01:07 PM


college football is poised to overtake baseball as the country's most-popular sport after pro football -- that is, if it hasn't already.
-- Advertising Age


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