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Suns: A per­son fa­mil­iar with the ne­go­ti­a­tions said Tyson Chan­dler is get­ting his con­tract bought out by the Suns, and plans to sign with the Lak­ers once he clears waivers. Tim­ber­wolves: Jimmy But­ler might play in both of the Tim­ber­wolves’ back-to-back games on Sun­day in Port­land and Mon­day against the Clip­pers. Or he may play in one. Or per­haps none.

Ac­cord­ing to But­ler, whether he plays for the Wolves is de­pen­dent upon how his body feels, and the only one mak­ing the call on whether he plays is him. But­ler made that much clear af­ter Fri­day’s 116-99 loss to the War­riors when he held his first me­dia ses­sion since sit­ting out Wed­nes­day’s win over the Jazz with what coach Tom Thi­bodeau termed “gen­eral sore­ness.”

It was an ab­sence that set in mo­tion a lot of spec­u­la­tion as to But­ler’s mo­tives be­hind sit­ting out. Was he try­ing to send the Wolves a mes­sage? Was he try­ing to pre­serve his body so as not jeop­ar­dize a po­ten­tial trade the Wolves may make?

“I’m not wor­ried about no deal,” But­ler said. “In­jured or not, I have to take care of my­self. I re­al­ize they have a job to do as an or­ga­ni­za­tion. I have one to do as a player. But if I’m not in the right with my body to go out there and do it, I don’t want to get hurt. I’ve been hurt al­most ev­ery year now. We’re go­ing to take this thing with cau­tion.” Rock­ets: James Harden re­turned to the start­ing lineup against the Bulls af­ter miss­ing three games be­cause of a strained left ham­string.

Heat: Point guard Go­ran Dragic was out for the game at At­lanta due to pain in his right foot.

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