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.