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Hoiberg says it was his call to start Grant. When asked who would back up Grant he responded: "We'll see."

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Fred Hoiberg says Jerian Grant will start tonight.

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Teams that are in need of PG assistance, Will Bynum is a name that frequently pops up. The is veteran playing for D-League's Windy City Bulls.

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Ian Happ among Law's top 80 prospects

Andrew Benintendi went one pick ahead of the Cubs' first-round selection in 2015, which meant Chicago ended up with Happ. He might not be quite the best prospect in baseball, but is a valuable trade piece for a team with a crowded infield, Keith Law writes. 2017 prospect rankings: 80-61 (Insider)

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Bulls' playoff odds plummeting

Entering Tuesday, Chicago is only one-half game ahead of Milwaukee for the No. 8 seed in the East. ESPN's Basketball Power Index reduced the Bulls' chance to reach the postseason to 55 percent.

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Dwyane Wade, on if he's concerned that the Bulls are just a .500 team, and they won't be able to grow into more over the course of the season: "I do. I'm 35. I do get concerned. Of course."

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Jimmy Butler on the floor after shootaround working with his trainer, Chris Johnson. Bulls have repeatedly praised Butler for all the extra work he has put into his game.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Pitcher Brett Anderson is in town for a physical (according to his twitter timeline he flew in last night) as the Cubs add needed depth to their pitching staff. Anderson missed most of 2016 with injuries but had two starts in late September after making 31 in 2015 for the Dodgers. The team won't comment until the deal is official but a healthy Anderson is likely to compete for a back end rotation spot or come out of the pen as the Cubs are thin on lefty veterans.

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Lunardi gives Northwestern a nod

Northwestern is on track to potentially make its first NCAA tournament appearance in school history. The Wildcats' season hasn't gone unnoticed by Joe Lunardi, who bumped them up to No. 8 in the East. Bracketology

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Smoot a top prospect in Senior Bowl

Mel Kiper Jr. has Illinois' Dawuane Smoot (DE) at No. 15 on his list of top prospects playing in the Senior Bowl. Kiper notes that Smoot had a first-round-pick-worthy season in 2015, but he fell off in production slightly in 2016. Senior Bowl top 15 (Insider)

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Bulls drop five spots in Power Rankings

Chicago lands at No. 20 this week. The Bulls' struggles prompted Dwyane Wade to tweet an apology to fans. A six-game Western Conference swing is not going to make things any easier. Week 14 Power Rankings

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs announced on Monday all spring games will be broadcast in some capacity this year including 10 on local tv, 10 more on radio and 27 on Cubs.com. National tv networks could also add games. The spring opener against Oakland on Feb. 25 will air on WGN-TV.

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Zack Collins makes Law's Top 100

Keith Law doesn't think Collins, already big for the position and not that agile, will make it to the majors as a catcher. But he does think Collins can really hit, and do so with power and some on-base ability, so it might not matter in the end. 2017 prospect rankings (Insider)