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Heat potentially trading for Jimmy Butler would only add to Wizards' competition in the East

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Heat potentially trading for Jimmy Butler would only add to Wizards' competition in the East

Just when we thought the NBA offseason had finally calmed down, Jimmy Butler said "hold my beer".

When news broke the Butler wanted out of Minnesota, reports initially were that he preferred the Knicks, Nets, or Clippers. Then, reports evolved into Butler wanting the Clippers above all else.

But, because we can't have it stay that simple, Butler now reportedly prefers the Heat over any other team according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.

Tuesday, there were reports that Butler met with coach Tom Thibodeau to talk about the possibility of returning to the team at least during the preseason, but Butler is dead-set on leaving Minnesota.

If you're the WIzards, you don't want Butler heading to Miami.

The Heat, who did next to nothing this offseason, are handcuffed with the highest payroll in the league ($157,135,935), signed no big-name free agents, and had no draft picks this past June. This, coming off a forgettable 44-38 season in 2017-18, a sixth seed in the East, and a five-game first-round exit at the hands of the Sixers.

Now, if they were to add a two-way All-Star player in Butler, that could drastically change Miami's outlook on the season, and would only crowd the Eastern Conference up more.

Last season Butler played in 59 games for the Timberwolves and averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2.0 steals to help them reach the playoffs for the first time since 2004.

Miami lacks a true superstar, and if they were able to land Butler and keep a majority of their core together (a big "if" considering they'll have to part with some pieces and not just picks), the Heat suddenly become another viable name when it comes to competition near the top of the East. 

One player certainly isn't enough in today's NBA (except LeBron James still), but Butler would without a doubt make the Heat a better team this season.

The one thing about the NBA offseason though, is whatever you think you can expect, a surprise comes out of nowhere and changes the entire story.

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Indiana Pacers star and DMV native Victor Oladipo out Monday vs. Wizards

Indiana Pacers star and DMV native Victor Oladipo out Monday vs. Wizards

The Indiana Pacers will be without their All-Star guard when they take the court Monday afternoon against the Washington Wizards.

Nearly 90 minutes before tip-off, Pacers head coach Nate McMillan announced that Victor Oladipo would rest for Monday's game versus Washington, as the team is taking extra precautions with the guard as he continues to recover from a torn quad injury.

The guard is expected to play in Indiana's game Tuesday versus Orlando and is sitting out Monday's contest to prevent playing in back-to-backs, according to McMillan.

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Oladipo has played in just 14 games this season on a minutes restriction, averaging a career-low 26.4 minutes per game. The 28-year-old originally planned to opt-out of the Orlando bubble, but Oladipo changed his mind and rejoined his team before the restart began.

Although the game is taking place in Orlando rather than D.C., Monday's game versus Washington would have been a semi-homecoming for Oladipo.

The guard played his high school ball at DeMatha Catholic, a national powerhouse located in Hyattsville, Md., just over the D.C. border. Additionally, Oladipo would have faced his former high school teammate, Wizards wing Jerian Grant. 

Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington Plus. Oladipo and Grant's high school coach, Mike Jones, will join the broadcast.

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Lakers' LeBron James says 'The Great Wall of John coming soon' after watching Wall's workout video

Lakers' LeBron James says 'The Great Wall of John coming soon' after watching Wall's workout video

John Wall threw a bomb into the NBA universe when he posted this snippet of his workout on social media and looked like an absolute monster. 

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Many players around the league hopped into Wall's comments section to send the 5x All-Star some love and one of them happened to be the King, LeBron James.

"Yessir!!! The Great Wall of John coming soon!!" James said. 

Wall and James have been good friends since Wall entered the league in 2010 — the two have exchanged advice over the years, trained together in the offseason, and participated in heated head-to-head battles as well. 

"LeBron's a great leader," Wall said back in 2014. "Patience — that's something he has preached to me since his rookie year."

A few more high-profile athletes showed Wall some love on Instagram Sunday night — Former Wizards' star Gilbert Arenas, former Wizard Isaiah Thomas, and Washington Football Team QB Dwayne Haskins. 

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