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Paul Pierce believes Bradley Beal is the best shooting guard in the East and has taken Dwyane Wade's crown

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Paul Pierce believes Bradley Beal is the best shooting guard in the East and has taken Dwyane Wade's crown

With 114 points in his last three games, each time eclipsing the 35-point mark, Bradley Beal is taking his game to new heights early in this 2017-18 season.

The Wizards didn't have John Wall on Sunday night against the Raptors, so Beal stepped up and led them to a victory.

Beal's putting up All-Star numbers and his former teammate Paul Pierce is seeing improvement beyond the box score.

He sat down for a 1-on-1 interview on the Wizards Tipoff podcast this weekend and shared his thoughts on Beal's development into a budding star.

"It's playing with an edge, as I like to call it," Pierce said. "That's what you've seen more in Brad and that's what has made him a better player, I believe. I told him when he starts playing with that edge, 'it's going to make you a better player.' You've gotta go out there and feel like you're the best and this guy can't guard you. It's gotta be that mindset. It's all a mindset. This has nothing to with showing that you're tougher than this guy or having to fight, it's just a mindset when you come out here."

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Pierce made headlines earlier this season when he proclaimed John Wall as the best point guard in the NBA.

He thinks Beal is the best at his position in the Eastern Conference.

"I think he should be an All-Star this year without a doubt," Pierce explained. "With Dwyane Wade holding that crown for years, being the top two-guard, I think Bradley Beal should be holding that crown now as the top two-guard in all of the East."

There are some other good shooting guards in the East like DeMar DeRozan of the Raptors, but Beal is backing up Pierce's opinion more and more by the game.

You can listen to Pierce's full 1-on-1 interview on the Wizards Tipoff podcast right here:

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Carmelo Anthony traded to Hawks, who will buy him out, in three-team deal involving Dennis Schroder

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Carmelo Anthony traded to Hawks, who will buy him out, in three-team deal involving Dennis Schroder

The stage has been set for Carmelo Anthony to hit free agency, as the 10-time All-Star was traded to the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday in a three-team deal, one that will lead to a subsequent buyout of his contract. ESPN first reported the news and noted that the Rockets are the favorites to sign him.

The full deal sends Dennis Schroder from the Hawks to the Thunder in exchange for Anthony and a protected first round pick, and sends Mike Muscala from Atlanta to Philly. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will go to the Thunder from Phily and Justin Anderson will go from the Sixers to the Hawks.

That's a complicated deal, but it ultimately frees Anthony up to choose a new team. He was set to make $27.9 million from the Thunder next season, but the Hawks are footing the bill to let him walk.

Anthony's skills have declined now that he's 34 years old. Last season, he averaged 16.2 points on 40.4 percent shooting, way down from the 22.4 points he averaged the season before with the Knicks.

Still, Anthony could help a team looking for a scoring punch and the Rockets would like some more help in their quest to take down the Warriors. If he signs there, he will join friend Chris Paul and the 2017-18 MVP, James Harden. 

Houston has been the logical landing spot for Anthony ever since news broke that the Thunder were looking for a way out of his contract. If he doesn't go there, perhaps the Lakers would make sense. LeBron James is going to need a lot more help than the roster he currently has around him to make some noise in the crowded Western Conference.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Fallout from the Kawhi/DeRozan trade; Kevin Love questions

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Fallout from the Kawhi/DeRozan trade; Kevin Love questions

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hugheswas joined by Nick Ashooh to break down the fallout from the trade involving Kawhi Leonard and DeMar DeRozan.

They looked at what it means for the Wizards and the East, as well as the Lakers and LeBron. Plus, they took fan questions, many of which centered on Kevin Love and the possibility of a trade to Washington.

You can listen to the episode right here: