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Luol Deng has returned to the Bulls starting lineup on Tuesday.

Jimmy Butler (strained left knee) does not have a return date as of now.

Butler has missed the Bulls' last three games and four of the past five. The All-Star swingman does not have an exact date that he is expected to return, but the original prognosis was around early-March. E'Twaun Moore is likely to remain in the starting lineup until Butler returns. Analysis: Nate Miller

Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) say's he's 100 percent healthy. But he can't say for sure he'll be ready for opening day.

Tanaka underwent surgery to remove a bone spur in his elbow back in October. He has already began throwing off a mound and apparently feels 100 percent at this point. However, the 27-year-old righty will need time to build his stamina back. Analysis: Nate Miller

Jason Kidd said that John Henson (back) will be re-evaluated after the break.

Henson missed the Bucks' final seven games heading into the All-Star break dues to his back issue and a timetable for his return is apparently still uncertain. The 25-year-old big has averaged 6.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.0 blocks over 42 games this season. Analysis: Nate Miller

The Jaguars have signed former CFL CB Josh Johnson to a free agent contract.

Johnson played his college ball at Purdue and was a mainstay in the Boilermakers' secondary, playing in 48 games across four years. The 25-year-old defensive back has not seen action in the NFL since turning pro, but racked up 100 tackles, five sacks and three interceptions for the CFL's BC Lions over the past two years. Analysis: Nate Miller

Update: John Wall (knee) said he brought a trainer to Toronto with him and still hopes to play Sunday.

Wall is dealing with a bruised knee that he suffered in Thursday's loss to the Bucks and it is uncertain if he will be able to play in his third consecutive All-Star game.  Analysis: Nate Miller

Adam Wainwright threw off a mound on Friday.

Wainwright got off to an excellent start to the 2015 season, pitching to a 1.44 ERA and 18-to-3 K/BB ratio across his first 25 innings. However, in his fourth start, he suffered an Achilles injury that kept him out for the rest of the campaign apart from three relief appearances in the final week of the regular season. The Cardinals would certainly benefit greatly if their now 34-year-old ace is back at 100 percent for 2016. Analysis: Nate Miller

The Rockets are surprised by the lack of strong offers for Dwight Howard.

The Rockets might be surprised, but this should not be that difficult to understand. Potential suitors for Howard are almost certainly concerned over the price tag that could come along with a player that simply cannot be trusted to stay healthy on a consistent basis and has a track record of off-the-court conflicts. When healthy, Howard still has the ability to produce in the paint as well as, if not better, than any other player in the NBA. However, he is making above $22M this season and has a player option of better than $23M for 2016-17. Analysis: Nate Miller

The Bears informed RB Matt forte they will not be attempting to re-sign him in free agency.

The handwriting was on the wall this past season as the Bears looked to make the transition from the 30-year old Forte to the 24-year old Jeremy Langford. When Forte was injured, the door opened for the team to make the move without looking like the "bad guy" and Langford played so well that he was just expected to remain in the backfield rotation even when Forte was healthy. Had Forte played a full 16 game, he easily would have eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for a fourth-straight season, so there is plenty left in the tank. He'll land with another team fairly easily, though at his age, it seems unlikely that he'll land a long-term deal. Analysis: Howard Bender

The Green Bay Packers re-signed veteran defensive tackle Letroy Guion to a three-year, $11.25 million contract, with $500,000 in escalators, NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Friday.

Guion had an average year as he appeared in 13 games and recorded just 21 tackles and no sacks. Perhaps a three-game suspension for a marijuana arrest to open the season hindered him a but, but obviously the packers have enough faith in him to rebound and be a more effective force on the defensive line. Analysis: Howard Bender

Jordan Hamilton is finalizing a contract with the D-League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

The former 2011 first-round pick (26th overall) has been a bust since landing in the NBA and had just one moderately decent season split between Denver and Houston back in 2013-14. The Vipers are an affiliate of the Rockets, so while he won't join their roster, they'll definitely get a better look at him than most of the other teams around the league. His chances of returning to the NBA are somewhat slim, but if he can prove to be a reliable depth player, he just might find himself with a 10-day contract at some point. Analysis: Howard Bender

Blue Jays sent RHP Chad Jenkins outright to Triple-A Buffalo.

You know you've hit rockbottom when you're bumped from the 40-man roster for Gavin Floyd and no one claims you off waivers. It's not exactly the end of the road for the 28-year old right-handed reliever, but after a poor showing in the spring and regular season last year, it looks like Jenkins is going to have to significantly step up his game this spring if he wants his roster spot back or, at the least, an early call-up. Analysis: Howard Bender

According to league sources, the asking price for Al Horford and Jeff Teague is way too high.

The Hawks are currently sitting in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, so they aren't in any rush to deal off their players right now. Would they like to improve? Absolutely. But they're not going to deal Horford or Teague unless they see a clear-cut advantage in the trade. Unless someone really dazzles them with an offer, you can expect the Hawks to stay put. Analysis: Howard Bender

John Wall remains questionable for the NBA All Star Game.

Wall is dealing with a knee injury right now and according to the guard, who still managed a double-double over 42 minutes Thursday, "it's hurting badly." While everyone loves the All Star game festivities, Wall's health is vastly more important and if the knee is still bothering him after a few days of rest, he'll be held out to spare any unnecessary wear-and-tear. If he doesn't play over the weekend, there is no loss on either the real or fantasy front. Analysis: Howard Bender

Bradley Beal played 37 minutes Thursday night.That's back to back games of 30 minutes or over.

He's also now played 30 minutes or more in three of the last four games. Beal missed almost a month earlier in the season with a stress reaction in his leg and then lost time due to a broken nose and concussion, but seems to be at full health now. He's being entrusted with more minutes as it appears his body can handle the workload again and he should be able to keep this momentum with added rest over the All Star break. Look for Beal to come out strong for the second half of the regular season. Analysis: Howard Bender

The San Francisco 49ers formally add $2,727,000 in dead money to their salary cap on Friday. Wide receiver Anquan Boldin signed a five-year deal two years ago, but the final three years were set to void as soon as the deal was signed. He will become a free agent on March 9 when the new league year starts.

Well that just twists the knife into the gut of the 49ers who have hit a major tailspin over the last two years. Losing Boldin would be a huge blow to the receiving corps and would be even more devastating if the team had any hopes of resurrecting Colin Kaepernick. Not to mention the dead money against the cap which obviously limits what the team can do in the offseason. The organization is in a state of disarray right now and is in need of someone to come and at least stop the bleeding. Analysis: Howard Bender


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