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3 p.m.: UM names Jim Morris' successor; LeBron opts for free agency; Dolphins injuries; Heat addresses NBA Draft issues; UM

### 3 p.m. update: UM announced what we reported previously, that Jim Morris has received a 3-year contract extension through 2018. And UM added this new piece of news: Gino DiMare, a longtime UM assistant and former UM player, will succeed Morris as coach at that point, beginning in the 2019 season.

UM made the College World Series in 11 of Morris' first 15 years as coach but hasn't made it the past six.

### 9 a.m. update: LeBron James' agent has informed the Heat that James will exercise his early termination clause and become a free agent next week. The move isn't surprising, because James likes to have flexibility.

The Heat has long been considered the favorite to retain him, but several teams --- including Houston, Cleveland and Chicago --- will court him. The Clippers also want him but would need to part with several pieces, including DeAndre Jordan and Jamal Crawford, to be able to make him a max offer.

James would have earned $20.6 million next season and $22.1 million the next if he hadn't exercised his opt-out.       

Under terms of the labor agreement, James would be eligible to re-sign with the Heat for as many as five years and $115.1 million.

If James moves to another team, he would be eligible to sign a four-year contract for as much as $85 million.

Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh also must inform the Heat by next Monday whether they will opt out of their contracts. Both appear open to it for the purpose of signing long-term deals and giving the Heat more flexibility to upgrade the roster.

### Dolphins center Mike Pouncey had hip surgery today and it's projected he will miss at least three months, according to two sources close to the situation. The story was first reported by ESPN.

Meanwhile, running back Knowshon Moreno needs arthroscopic knee surgery and is out four to five weeks. He could be back by the Dolphins' preseason opener Aug. 8, though the Dolphins could proceed cautiously and keep him out of initial exhibition games.

Under the most optimistic of timetables given to Pouncey, he could return potentially for the Dolphins' third or fourth game in late September, but that's far from certain and he might not return until October. The recover time from this injury --- a torn labrum in the hip --- sometimes can take closer to four months.

The Dolphins open Sept. 7 against New England, then play at Buffalo Sept. 14, against Kansas City Sept. 21 and vs. Oakland Sept. 28 in London. The Dolphins have a bye week after the Raiders game.

If the Dolphins believe he isn't ready to help before the bye, they could place him on the physically unable to perform list, which would sideline him for six weeks.

Pouncey was in good spirits after today's two-hour procedure and is already talking about how soon he can get back, according to a close associate.

Pouncey suffered the injury during the team's offseason program, but neither the Dolphins nor Pouncey initially believed it was too serious. He took a lot of snaps during the final two days of the team's three minicamp practices last week after sitting out the first day.

Sam Brenner took most of the first-team snaps at center during the mini-camp practice that Pouncey missed last week. Brenner started four games at guard last season and graded out poorly, according to Pro Football Focus.

Nate Garner also can play center, having filled in for Pouncey for two games that Pouncey missed last season.

Right guard Shelley Smith also has taken practice snaps at center.

Undrafted Utah State rookie Tyler Larsen is a natural center who's trying to make the team.

Veteran free agent centers still available include Samson Satele, David Baas, Mike Gibson, Andre Gurode, Dan Koppen, Brad Meester, Fernando Velasco and Kyle Cook.

### While declining to speak about any player being considered by the Heat, team vice president/player personnel Chet Kammerer addressed several NBA Draft issues today, with the Heat holding the 26th and 55th picks on Thursday:

 ### Though Miami is permitted to trade the pick after the selection --- but not before --- Kammerer said dealing the selection is not the thinking at the moment (though that always could change). “At this point, we would like to add someone on our roster,” he said.

The first-round pick comes with a 2014-15 cap hit close to $1 million. The Heat isn't allowed to trade its first-round pick before the draft because of a rule prohibiting teams from trading their first-round picks in consecutive years.

### Kammerer said: “We have 20 guys that we really like. Hopefully one of those 20 will be there. That doesn’t mean we might still not get a good player [otherwise]."

### At what position is a really good player likely to drop to 26? “Wing player has more depth than anything else," Kammerer said. "Power forwards and centers are pretty limited. Even ones, twos and threes --- there are depth at those positions."

### Kammerer said: “We’ll go with the best player on the board, who we think has the highest percentage [chance] of being an NBA player.”

### Does the Heat prefer a player who's undeveloped with great longterm potential or a player who's ready to contribute now in this win-now era of Heat basketball?

"We’re more about having a player contribute immediately," he said. "We eliminate people who we really think could be [really good] but might have to wait two or three years. We need a couple breaks [to get that type of player at 26]. That’s possible.”        

### Kammerer said there's "a misconception that we don’t look at European players. We have looked at a lot of international players. I’m not saying we are going to select one this year."

### The Heat has worked out 40 players. Of those, several are from Florida colleges, including UM guard Rion Brown, who is an NBA long shot at best.

### “I feel a little pressure this year because we do have a pick at No. 26. We feel like we’re thorough and professional and well prepared. We have covered this as thoroughly as we can. We might not make the right pick but it won’t be because we’re not prepared. We have done our homework. Hopefully, we’ll get a break or two.”

### Kammerer mentioned Tim Hardaway and Keith Askins as the two former Heat players who helped in the scouting and evaluation of draft prospects this year. He also said Tim Hardaway Jr., selected by the Knicks at No. 24, ended up being the second-best player taken in last year's draft.

### On 2013 second-round pick James Ennis, who will play for the Heat's summer league team in Orlando and Las Vegas:

“We’re very optimistic about James. He exceeded what we expected. He should have been MVP in the league [in Australia]. His numbers were very good. He [also] played in Puerto Rico, did a nice job there. We will be seeing him in a few days. We are very happy with what transpired.

“James did a good job across the board. We wanted him to expand his range. He shot the ball well from three. He was fourth rebounder in the league [in Australia]. Averaged over seven rebounds a game for a wing, which was very good. We want to see him create a little more off the dribble. A lot we’ll see this summer and in the fall.”

### Among players linked to the Heat at No. 26 in mock drafts done by national outlets: Connecticut point guard Shabazz Napier (could end up going higher; Kammerer declined to say if he thinks he will be there at 26); Colorado point guard Spencer Dinwiddie; and Michigan center Mitch McGary (coming off a back injury).

QUICK FOOTBALL NOTES

### UM lost an ascending oral commitment this past weekend when New Jersey-based three-star offensive tackle Kevin Feder flipped to Ohio State.

This marks the second time in two years that Urban Meyer has tried to snag a UM offensive line oral commitment.

Last year, his efforts failed with new UM offensive lineman KC McDermott, much to Meyer’s shock.

The expression on Meyer’s face was “like the state of shock where the guy has literally never been told no in his life,” McDermott said. “It literally looked like a kid the first time you tell him 'no, you can't do something.' It looked like he was a baby about to cry. It was so funny.”

### Offensive lineman Billy Turner, the Dolphins’ third-round pick from North Dakota State, is one of only five players in the entire NFL draft that remains unsigned. (The others remaining were drafted in the first or second round.) But the unresolved issues with Turner are not insurmountable and this figures to get done in mid-July.

### There are still a handful of veteran free agents who might be able to help --- guard Daryn Colledge, linebacker Pat Angerer, linebacker Jonathan Vilma, tight ends Jermichael Finley and Dustin Keller, among others.  But the Dolphins so far have passed on all of them, despite initial inquiries about Colledge and Finley, who has been cleared medically by his own personal physician after a neck injury.

### Please see the last post for a lot more Dolphins. Twitter: @flasportsbuzz

           

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UMike

F**K URBAN MEYER!

2 watt

still need
a qb

odinseye

There were a number of plays today where Tannehill was able to deliver the football on time and accurately down the field. During portions of the seven on seven period, he twice connected on deep balls, once to Brian Hartline, and another to Armon Binns, who had a spectacular day catching the football.
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We need a better Troll.

So how about "Da Heat" Monkey Buoy........?

Is Dey Still World Champs........?

Bhwaaa Haaa Haaaaa!!!!

Just Saying............ ;)

yikes

Hey, jerk off, no one cares about your internet nerdery, keep that "troll" nonsense on that cesspool of a Dolphins blog.

odinseye

Ummmmmm........Ah..........Yikes....

How did the Heat do this year..........?

Did Dey Win..........?

Is Dey World Champs........?

odinseye

Fair..........Fair Weather Fan..........

Fair..........Fair Weather Fan..........

(That's the chorus to a new song I wrote)

Wanna hear the rest..........?

odinseye

WTF! Pouncey too?

That's great, we rebuild the O-Line in ONE off season and the ONE holdover goes down for 3 months.

How......? I want the details. How did this injury happen? When? Spill it!

IMAWriter

Pouncey out, and all a couple of you folks can do is post gibberish?

We were worried about 4 games from Goodell, who's now probably laughing his butt off.

There goes the first 4 games. I KNEW the Fins should have gone after Fernando Velasco last year.
I'd trust a vet like Garner before anyone else on the current roster. Hopefully by the 2nd or 3rd pre-season game, a veteran Center might be available.

Billy Turner, NDSt. Not Billy Turner, Alabama. That young man needs to get himself and his agent into Hickey's/Aponte's office and get it done.

Heat Dynasty My Azel.

Where are those wussy boys telling me about the Heat and LeBoneCramp?

Duncan 5 rings
Lebron 2 rings

Heat Dynasty My Azel.

Where are those COCKer Spaniels now?

Buh bye Joe and Hickey

Really that's the season Like him or not he was our best olineman and the only one left from last year.

Does anybody honestly think a team will go to the playoffs with an ENTIRELY new oline (including rookies and a sub par center)?

Fins are Garbage

Pouncey is a POS and the Dolphins are cellar dwellars.

HEAT DYNASTY

No one cares about the crap Dolphins anymore.

yikes

Buddy, no one wants lame internet trolling wars, this is a sports blog. Take that nonsense back to Armando.

rboud

Hate to see Feder flip to O. State. UM can't use winning big as a way to lure players. This is the only thing holding Golden back. Lack of wins, bowl wins, etc. continues to work against the Canes. It's obvious Golden has an eye for talent because he spots lower ranked recruits before most schools have the kids on their radar. These big schools win out because they can offer success. Golden does all the work finding the diamonds in the rough for the O. State's of the world.

Elvin

Heat are done. 2 out of 4 in the finals is ho hum, nowhere near dynasty level. Leblron won't stick around with these clowns. Who does he rather play for Spo or Phil Jackson? Not a tough decision.

Reality Bites

Bummer about Pouncey, despite all the idiots calling for the Fins to get rid of him he is the best O lineman we have by far. Not a good start without him in the middle. At least I do not have high expectations about the Fins this time so this bad news is no big deal in that sense.
Anyone trash talking LBJ needs to get a reality check, he is still the best NBA player in the world. The Spurs just happen to be a better team. You can trash Wade if you must, he had a terrible finals, so did the Heat bench starting with Chalmers. But leave LBJ out of it. Unless you are a moron.
Umike always classy to break the ice, does not dissappoint.
KC should not burn any bridges, you never know what the future may bring, chalk it up to the insolence and stupidity of youth.
Yeah Mikey and KC, Meyer may be a cry baby, a double crosser and back stabber, but he is also a much better and accomplished coach than anything the sorry canes have now and have had the past 3 cycles.
Meyer and OSU will have the last laugh when their team and program continually rank higher than the sorry canes and have much more success on the field than Goldenfraud and his minions will ever dream off.
Leave it to an idiot to trash talk a much better coach and program than his.
Better hope Rilley can fix the Heat or you will have more odinseye and my azelto deal with. Hate to think of a half empty AAA with fans showing up late and leaving early, what would Barkley and the national media think of Miami then?
Go Heat!

Tazer

LBJ did not play aggressive from Game 3 on. Show well for on and off but didn't bowl over to many defenders in the paint. He is a big strong dude bust soft, not the heart of a lion like MJ, Malone, Hakeem.

Tazer

LBJ will never win another ring. He will change from team to team in search of it

Tazer

The Heat were down right embarrassed. No way can they stick with this cast of chokers.

Monte

Pouncey still has to take his mental psych test and faces a suspension IF he passes. He's useless this season.

Tommy

I really think we will have the oline set by 2017.

Monte

Without Incognito, Martin, and Jerry, plus the injuries to Moreno and Pouncey I think ite safe to say the OL, running game, and passing game will be even more anemic than last season.

Monte


I really think we will have the oline set by 2017.

Posted by: Tommy | 06/23/2014 at 07:24 PM

Thats doubtful.

Del

The Heat will now be the new Fins. They are done for a long time.

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