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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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Bradley Beal loves Sixers' Joel Embiid's trash-talking, just don't try it on the Wizards

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Bradley Beal loves Sixers' Joel Embiid's trash-talking, just don't try it on the Wizards

There may not be another athlete, regardless of sport, that is as good at social media as Sixers center Joel Embiid. It's partly why he has become so popular among fans and media despite only having 31 NBA games under his belt.

It has apparently even earned him a nickname as the 'Social Media King.' 

Everyone seems to be laughing, expect Heat center Hassan Whiteside perhaps. Embiid and Whiteside have been in an on-court and off-court beef for a while now. Last year Embiid called Whiteside "BBQ chicken" after one matchup, suggesting he 'cooked' him. Whiteside also made headlines for suggesting Embiid's social media prowess earned him All-Star votes.

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After a matchup between the two this preseason, Whiteside tweeted his team's record against Embiid's Sixers. So, Embiid fired back with a series of tweets, some of which were hilarious:

The Wizards host the Sixers for the regular season opener on Wednesday and, with Embiid's social media antics in the news, Bradley Beal was asked for his opinion after Monday's practice. He's amused.

"Jo-Jo is my boy. I like Jo-Jo. We have the same trainer and work out in the summers. That was crazy. That was really crazy. He was letting his feelings be known," Beal said. 

"But I like it, it keeps guys competitive. Same with Whiteside. I think that's what we need a little bit. I don't think there is necessarily going to be any fighting or any hands thrown or anything like that. It's a competition thing. Who is the better big and who is going to prove it?"

Beal enjoys Embiid's trash-talking from afar and considers him a friend. Just don't bring that stuff to D.C.

"When he plays us, we're going to try to shut him down as best as we can. We aren't trying to hear none of that talking and I'm gonna let him know about it, too," he said.

Markieff Morris may be out, but the Wizards have plenty of players who won't back down to trash-talking, Beal included.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast, Ep. 44 - Jodie Meeks on meshing with Wizards, John Wall's recruiting visit

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Wizards Tipoff podcast, Ep. 44 - Jodie Meeks on meshing with Wizards, John Wall's recruiting visit

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman personal injury lawyers, Wizards shooting guard Jodie Meeks joined the show to talk about his first month with the Wizards.

Meeks was signed this offseason as a free agent, but already feels comfortable playing with Tim Frazier, John Wall and Bradley Beal. Speaking of Wall, Meeks recalled first meeting him and what it was like to host Wall on his recruiting visit at Kentucky.

After the Meeks interview, host Chase Hughes broke down why Carrick Felix made the final roster spot. Plus, an update on Markieff Morris and what the Wizards are planning to do with Mike Young and Devin Robinson.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!

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