6 BITS: Speights, Hernandez, Calathes, Robinson

By Adam Silverstein
June 29, 2013

1 » Former Florida Gators center Marreese Speights declined his 2013-14 player option with the Cleveland Cavaliers and will test free agency, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. Speights, who would have earned $4.515 million from the Cavaliers had he exercised his option, will likely join his fourth team in six NBA seasons unless he is signed by Cleveland, Memphis or Philadelphia, which selected him with the No. 16 overall pick in the first round of the 2013 NBA Draft. Speights was traded on Jan. 22 to the Cavaliers where he averaged 10.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game while shooting 45.7 percent from the field.

2 » The prosecution in the State of Massachusetts’ case against former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is now of the belief that all three men involved in the murder of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd are now in custody, Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter said in a statement. Ernest Wallace, 41, turned himself into Miramar, FL, police on Friday after seeing his name on the news. Investigators are now focused on finding the murder weapon as they continue to piece together a case that is based on Hernandez being the lone shooter.

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Check out four more Florida Gators news BITS…after the break!

3 » In other Hernandez-related news, a high-ranking Patriots source told The Boston Globe’s Ben Volin that the team had planned to cut Hernandez as soon as he was arrested in connection with the homicide, no matter the charge. “The team’s leaders expected Hernandez to be arrested for obstruction of justice and were ‘taken aback’ when he was charged with murder.” Furthermore, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reports that New England has now voided all guaranteed money in the five-year, $40-million contract extension he signed just one year ago. The voided guarantees total approximately $6 million. The Patriots are also giving fans equal-value exchanges if they turn in their Hernandez jerseys to the team store from July 6-7; the move is expected to cost the franchise upwards of $1 million.

4 » While some have gone out of their way to try and link Hernandez’s heinous acts to his time at Florida and a perceived lack of discipline under then-head coach Urban Meyer, two columnists this week penned terrific pieces that explained why trying to correlate the two is simply ridiculous. First, CBSSports.com’s Gregg Doyel discussed why it is time to stop playing the blame game as it pertains to Hernandez. Then, The Gainesville Sun‘s Pat Dooley revealed how Meyer did not turn a blind eye and instead tried to point Hernandez on the right path when he was with the Gators.

5 » As has been the case the last few years when the draft rolls around, former Florida point guard Nick Calathes considers the possibility of finally playing in the NBA for the upcoming season. A second-round selection of the Dallas Mavericks in 2009, Calathes has spent the last four years playing overseas (and playing quite well, actually). In fact, just this past season he earned Most Valuable Player honors while leading his new Russian squad, Lokomotiv Kuban, to a league title. He is still under contract with the team for another season, and with the Mavericks drafting PG Shane Larkin on Thursday, it appears doubtful that Calathes will find his way to the league this season. According to ESPNDallas.com, “mutual interest was expressed” in Calathes playing for Dallas’ summer league team. He is currently in Las Vegas, NV, where NBA Summer League action will begin in July, but no official word has been given as of this time.

6 » Gators defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson, entering his third year at Florida under head coach Will Muschamp, received a $60,000 raise for the 2013 season and will now earn $290,000. A tireless recruiter who shares secondary coaching responsibilities with Muschamp, Robinson is seen as a young up-and-coming coach on the Gators’ staff. His raise was first reported by 247 Sports.

One Comment

  1. Ken (CA) says:

    This just gets crazier and crazier, apparently they believe the motive was that he had information about an unsolved double murder that they now believe Hernandez was involved in from last summer and have confiscated a silver SUV from his uncle’s garage that they believe was used to commit that crime!

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