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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).


### 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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Oh, and one last thing.

Miami was never down 2-1 against the pacers in 2013.

Miami was never down against the 2013 Pacers. Look at the score above.

Gm 1 (Miami 1-0)
Gm 2 (Miami 1-1)
Gm 3 (Miami 2-1)
Gm 4 (Miami 2-2)
Gm 5 (Miami 3-2)
Gm 6 (Miami 3-3)
Gm 7 (Miami 4-3)

Just saying. Miami was never down in 2013 versus the Pacers.


Spo outcoached Popovich last year. This year the Spurs had to cheat to win.


Spo took his team to 4 straight championships. Unheard of. Jackson and Riley never did that.

Actions speak louder than dumb words.

Spo got to the finals with a one man team, everyone not named Lebron sucks on that team.


Dashi is a drip.

Roger Podacter

Well first off, yes you were wrong. Battier has defended power forwards in the past but never started as one for any team.

And second off, all I'm saying is that you're doing the EXACT same thing all these "Dolphins haters" are doing. Just spouting off negativity based on nothing. You have every right to your opinion, just as I have every right to point out that you're talking out your ass.

And Dashi, Heat wouldn't have beaten Indiana with Spoelstra moving Battier to power forward. Time after time you've shown that you're a moronic bandwagoning Heat fan who thinks the NBA is a video game.

This is just another example of this, Miami's second title was in 2012, not 2013.

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Time after time you've shown that you're a moronic bandwagoning Heat fan who thinks the NBA is a video game.

Posted by: Roger Podacter | 06/24/2014 at 05:54 PM

Dashe was an Ireland fan.
Dashe thinks soccer players aren't atheletes.
Dashe told us Dansby sucked and Ellerbe was better.

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Dashe said Chad Henne was our franchise QB lol

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Dashe's been eating a steady diet of crow as long as I can remember lol


Thanks for proving that Dashi is bigger than the blog. Since as soon as Dashi comments the blog turns to Dashi, Dashi, Dashi!!! (Even here, I apologize for my trolls Mr.Jackson)

But please explain how Dashi is an idiot, and you say nothing of substance. Both of you.

Roger, I am not putting you in with the other 2 idiots.

But you have also proven yourself as a Hypocrite.

While you clowns only reference 1 Dashi, Dashi and others don't even reference you by names since the next time I click back the names have changed. Yet, that little Icon on the right tells me it is the same degenerate lowlife.


Roger, you hypocrite.

You get your facts straight!!

In 2012, the Heat faced the Celtics in the ECF!!!!!!!!

In 2013, the Heat faced the Pacers in the ECF!!!!!!!




Oops, I forgot, Idiots never admit they are wrong. THEY DON'T KNOW BETTER.

Roger Podacter

Yea, not the ECF, it was the semi-finals. But any Heat fan would know that 2012 is the year they were down 2-1 to the Pacers IN INDIANA and Erik Spoelestra turned the series around by starting Battier at the 4.

It completely changed the Big Three era, without it Miami would have been eliminated by the Pacers.


Dashi is still an Ireland fan. Hickey hasn't done anything to warrant confidence. And more than half of this team was built by Ireland. I bet even Hickey is an Ireland fan. Ireland gave Hickey a young roster with over $40M in cap and the only need to fill was the O-line.

Soccer players are not athletes and Soccer is an activity, not a Sport. (Ever seen Ronaldo throw a football)

Dansby Sucks!! He sucked in Miami and will suck again this year. 1 good year in 12, doesn't make you good, it makes you lucky. And my point was you can get the same production for less, you hypocrite. And Ellerbe and wheeler preformed the same as Dansby and Burnett while earning HALF!!

Don't stick Henne on Dashi. T-Sizzle, Yes. L.Miller, Yes. Henne, Hell NO!!!

We all know you change your names because you are constantly wrong!!



Moreno? No.

Matt Barkley? No.

Anything about basketball? Nope.

You should stick to watching Soccer. Since soccer fans don't need to know or understand the game. Just yell for their colors. Which is usually what you do on here anyways.

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Dashe is like a puppet on a string. Tell him he has the koodies and he comes pouting away haha.

Dashe, care to explain how you figure you are 95% right? Is that by conventional mathematics or Dominican new arithmetic?

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Spo has 4 consecutive finals and the second longest winning streak in NBA history. How is that not impressive? Did someone that reminds you of Spo turn down your bj?



No Half-court offense.

No rotations.

And he only played Battier that series because M.Miller could not walk.

And the Spurs showed you can win by playing your bench. It is not a video game strategy. It is a real life strategy!!

Why didn't G.Oden play? (Not saying he would've made a difference)

From Spo himself. Oden didn't play in the playoffs because I didn't use him in the regular season.

You can say the same thing for guys like Beasley and J.Jones.

Spo sat Chalmers for good reason. But what was dumb is how he forgot about him. You bring him off your bench with the first subs. At the end of the day he has been your starter for the past 4 years.

Spo is the one who thinks he is playing a video game. Don't call plays and let LeBron play the whole game. Yeah, that is strategy!!

And for as much as you keep repeating the one time in 6 years, Spo did a good job.

Why didn't Spo put Battier on Diaw?

It made perfect sense!!

Diaw is a SF playing PF. Battier would have neutralized Diaw.

Instead Spo put slower guys on Diaw.

Let me guess, Spo was mentally fatigued from all that "grinding" he has done.


Explain again how you can't live without Dashi.



Fool, you do as I say.

Why don't you use "LOL" when you refer to Dashi?

Cause Dashi told you so.

That you are delusional and only use the same 5 comments about Dashi. What do you want me to say?

And don't worry. Dashi knows you need to have the last word.

So have at it.

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Dashe boy, as always, avoids the tough questions, runs away or changes the subject. I used to do the same thing....when I was 3.

Roger Podacter

"And he only played Battier that series because M.Miller could not walk."

The f**k are you talking about, Mike Miller's a small forward...

And Greg Oden had a back injury that prevented him from playing.

And Beasley was HORRIBLE on defense, one of the few players on the team with a negative +/-, only when he or Justin Hamilton were on the court did the Heat score fewer points than their opponents.

Like I said, you think the NBA works like a video game, but it doesn't. Lineups matter, in-game continuity matters. You can't just throw players in for five minutes and get their scoring averages added to the final score.

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Dashi is Dooshy lol

Dr. Timbo

Dashi is suffering from stunted mental growth. He is stuck at 12 years old.

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