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Wendell Carter
Wendell Carter
Position: C
Born: 04/16/99
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:259 lbs. / 117.5 kg.
Salary: $5,201,400

Teams interested in Wendell Carter

An NBA scout told the Chicago Sun-Times that there were some teams actively zeroing in on several Bulls, including Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. Is it your normal due diligence or a lot more smoke than usual? In this case, it’s likely both. First, sources have indicated the organization hasn’t even crossed the trade bridge. Executive vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas hasn’t even rounded up the entire roster at the Advocate Center for a full workout.
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As for Carter, he basically became an afterthought in the offense. His touches seemed to disappear after being pushed into the garbage-man role, and his points had to come off offensive rebounds. That offensive philosophy already is being picked apart by the new regime, according to a source, so expect Boylen to have to teach a new look again if he is retained. But many of the defensive schemes Boylen implemented — minus the constant blitzes on pick-and-roll — have been applauded by the front office, so there’s that. So why has the Bulls’ roster drawn attention? Well, Markkanen, Carter and LaVine have had their issues with Boylen.

Here is an incomplete list of moves he would try to make: Trade Tomas Satoransky to the Nets for himself so that he could be his own starting point guard for the Bulls. Sign with Klutch Sports in an attempt to curry enough favor for Rich Paul to convince Chicago-native Anthony Davis to join the Bulls in an offseason sign-and-trade. Thaddeus Young, Cristiano Felicio, Wendell Carter Jr. and a first-round pick would go to the Lakers. Use a sweetener to dump Luke Kornet and Ryan Arcidiacano in order to create the cap space to sign Moe Harkless. Sign another 3-and-D veteran, ideally Terrence Ross or Marcus Morris. Where that cap space comes from is unclear.
With players stuck at home, their respective teams are having to get creative to minimize the drop-off in conditioning that a potential monthslong layoff presents. The Chicago Bulls acted fast, sending out a workout plan to their players on the second day after the league suspended the season. “Our strength and conditioning coach sent us a little program that has different types of lunges, different types of pushups and you do it at a high volume to get a little sweat going,” Bulls second-year center Wendell Carter Jr. said. “Nothing that anybody else can’t do.”
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“Absolutely,’’ Carter said to the Sun-Times, when asked if he would talk to his bosses about a possible position change when this regular season comes to an end. “Coach [Jim Boylen] understands that I’m a great defender no matter who I’m guarding, but he also understands that one of the reasons we’re in the black is because of my size, because I’m not as tall. I mean I’m more mobile than most fives, so I’m able to be up, slide, all that.
“Absolutely,’’ Carter said to the Sun-Times, when asked if he would talk to his bosses about a possible position change when this regular season comes to an end. “Coach [Jim Boylen] understands that I’m a great defender no matter who I’m guarding, but he also understands that one of the reasons we’re in the black is because of my size, because I’m not as tall. I mean I’m more mobile than most fives, so I’m able to be up, slide, all that.
“I’m definitely feeling a lot better,” Carter said as the freshmen and sophomores prepared for practice. Continuously doing therapy. I want to be back the next game. That’s what I’m shooting for right now. I don’t know if that’s going to happen; that’s definitely what I’m shooting for.” The Bulls are hoping that Carter as well as Otto Porter Jr. and Lauri Markkanen will return to play during the next week or two and the Bulls can take a shot and make one final push for that long discussed playoff goal for this season. Carter still believes it’s possible despite the season of setbacks and disappointments. Plus, Carter said after a shaky start he’s on board with coach Jim Boylen.
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Bulls center Wendell Carter Jr., who shook hands and exchanged words with Obama, stood by in awe of the 44th president. “It was definitely nice,” Carter said, “just knowing that he was one of the presidents of these United States. The fact that he was so cordial, taking pictures with everybody, talking with everybody — it shows how good of a person he is, so that was definitely a lot of fun.”
With Wendell Carter Jr. sidelined by a sprained right ankle, all signs point to veteran Thaddeus Young making his first start for the Bulls Wednesday night as they face the Pelicans. Coach Jim Boylen said he’d reveal his starters pregame but Young worked with the first unit during the morning shootaround. Daniel Gafford, who will still play a big role, worked with his regular reserve unit.
“I think you could look at it a couple different ways. Do you start a guy who hasn’t been starting who’s in a real comfortable role? Do you look at the matchups on the other team and figure out what’s best for him as a young player, who to match to and who to play against?” Boylen said. “I think there are arguments for both situations. We’ll sort through those and make a good decision.”
Making matters worse? LaVine afterward said he should’ve passed to a wide-open Daniel Gafford, in for the fouled-out Wendell Carter Jr. “I saw Marc Gasol there. I tried to get him in the air and draw a foul. I’ve looked at now. I just wish I would’ve took an extra dribble to see the double-team on me,” LaVine said. “I could’ve hit Daniel. I could’ve kicked it back out. I thought I was making the right play by trying to get in the air and get to the free throw line. It just didn’t happen.”