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Heat and Cavs aren't only teams to watch for Dwyane Wade if Bulls buy him out, report says

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Heat and Cavs aren't only teams to watch for Dwyane Wade if Bulls buy him out, report says

The expectation remains that Dwyane Wade will be bought out of his contract at some point by the Chicago Bulls and the Heat and Cavs have been considered by most to be the favorites to sign him if he is cut loose. The Heat would offer him a return to his original team and a chance to be back in the playoffs. The Cavs would give Wade an opportunity to reunite with LeBron James and chase another ring.

A new report, however, says that the city of Los Angeles is a draw for Wade, meaning the Clippers and Lakers could be in the running for his services. Here is what Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald wrote over the weekend:

Though ESPN reported that LeBron James’ camp expects Dwyane Wade to end up with Cleveland if he reaches a buyout with the Bulls, a Wade associate has been telling people that Miami and Los Angeles are also appealing destinations for Wade…

L.A. is often mentioned as a destination for superstars because of the lifestyle and business opportunities, but neither the Lakers or Clippers would give Wade as good a chance to win as the Cavs would. Given the Heat are a team on the rise and given they play in the East, they probably have a better chance at a deep playoff run than the Clippers.

Wade is 35, but can still help a team win. He averaged a solid 18.3 points on 43.4 percent shooting last season. He could also benefit from being on a better roster than the one he had last year in Chicago.

If Wade goes to Cleveland or Miami, it could make things interesting in the East, as both teams are expected to be in the playoff picture and would get even stronger with him in store. If he goes west, that's good news for the Wizards and other teams gunning for Cleveland's crown.



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Wizards hold on to edge Clippers for second straight win

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Wizards hold on to edge Clippers for second straight win

The Washington Wizards beat the Los Angeles Clippers 100-91 on Friday night. Here's analysis of what went down...

Win is a win: Playing down to lesser opponents has been an unfortunate trend for the Wizards all season and it was enough for head coach Scott Brooks to reference before Friday's game how they had a losing record against teams with losing records. For the second straight game they got a win, but did so the hard way.

This time it was the (11-16) Clippers and the Wizards made things much more difficult than they needed to. After leading by as much as 18 points, the Clippers hung around and cut the lead down to a tie in the fourth quarter.

The lead was lost mostly when head coach Scott Brooks used a lineup of Tim Frazier, Tomas Satoransky, Jodie Meeks, Markieff Morris and Ian Mahinmi. Brooks then brought John Wall (14 points, five assists, six rebounds), Bradley Beal (20 points, 10 assists) and Kelly Oubre, Jr. (eight points, seven rebounds) in and they couldn't stop the bleeding initially.

That group, though, made the final push towards victory. Oubre converted a four-point play with 3:11 remaining and Wall followed that with a three-point play on a fadeaway with 1:51 left.

The Wizards tied their season series against the Clippers after losing in L.A. last Saturday. Washington is now 16-13 on the season as they get set for a big matchup with Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James, who dropped 57 on them in the first meeting back in November.


World's Best Boss: Mike Scott might officially be unstoppable. The Threegional Manager lit it up again and for the second time this season against the Clippers.

Scott poured in 22 points in 24 minutes on 9-for-1 shooting, tying a season-high (also vs. the Clippers) and his most since the 2013-14 season. In his last six games, he's scored 80 points and shot 34-for-43. Despite being signed to a veteran minimum contract over the summer, Scott has emerged as their most consistent scorer off the bench. He's a big reason why their second unit has improved year-over-year.

Scott got started early with his usual mix of midrange jumpers. He cashed in post opportunities and hit a pair of threes. By halftime, he had 12 points and was 5-for-5 from the field.

Scott also did something he hadn't done yet this season, throw down a big dunk. This looks like the guy from a few years ago who was a force for the Atlanta Hawks:

Sato still the guy: Satoransky was the primary backup point guard again for the Wizards. He played 19 minutes, while Frazier only got three. Satoransky played much better in his second showing with 11 points on 4-for-6 shooting with three rebounds and three assists. He helped lead the Wizards on a nice push in the first half to build a double-digit lead.

Morris, Mahinmi returned: The Wizards were at full-strength for the first time this month on Friday, as both Markieff Morris and Mahinmi returned from their brief injury absence. Morris was nursing a host of minor injuries including a sore right hip. He was a late scratch for Wednesday's win over the Grizzlies and came back after missing one game. Mahinmi missed two games with a right knee strain and was cleared as a gametime decision.

Morris was okay with eight points and four rebounds in 21 minutes as he battled foul trouble. Mahinmi had three points and six rebounds in 17 minutes.

Porter not so lucky: The Wizards were fully healthy for about three minutes of game time as starting small forward Otto Porter left with a right thigh contusion. He first had his right leg stretch and examined by trainers in front of the Wizards' bench, but soon after he exited to the locker room and never returned. A contusion doesn't sound serious, but it was enough to make him miss most of this game.

Up next: The Wizards take Saturday off before hosting the defending Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers. Tipoff is Sunday at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.


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John Wall is no longer allowed to dunk at Wizards practice per Scott Brooks' rules

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John Wall is no longer allowed to dunk at Wizards practice per Scott Brooks' rules

John Wall is a former NBA dunk contest winner, but Wizards head coach Scott Brooks now has a rule prohibiting the four-time All-Star from dunking during or after practices. 

Whether it will be strictly enforced or not, it's all in an effort to preserve Wall's health. The 27-year-old returned on Wednesday after sitting out nine games due to two procedures on his left knee, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment and viscosupplementation injections. He sustained the injury when he bumped knees with a player on the Dallas Mavericks in a game on Nov. 7.

Now, the Wizards don't want to take any chances.

"I've done it in the past with you can imagine who that plays the same type of way," Brooks said, referring to Russell Westbrook, whom he coached with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

"[Westbrook] likes to dunk, he likes to dunk over you and he likes to talk about his dunk over you. They're the same mentality. I had that same talk with him. Save those dunks for the game. You're allowed to do it in the game, but not in practice," Brooks said.


Brooks was realistic when asked whether Wall will actually follow the rule. He laughed when recalling whether Westbrook fell in line.

"They just looked at me, smirked and said yes. But they don't listen. They're aggressive and they love to attack, but yeah that's a rule," he said.

Wall was also asked about staying out of harm's way after shootaround on Friday morning. The reporter's question suggested Wall takes more falls than Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins.

"I'm on the ground more than [Cousins], but I don't get the calls as often like roughing the passer," Wall joked. "But it just happens. I took a bad knee at a bad angle and there was nothing I could control that with. I play the way I play... You do try to do things so you don't take as much of a pounding. That's all I know, just all-out."