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Wendell Carter
Wendell Carter
Position: C
Born: 04/16/99
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:259 lbs. / 117.5 kg.
Salary: $5,208,000
Chicago Bulls center Wendell Carter Jr. has had surgery to repair an abdominal muscle injury. The Bulls said the rehabilitation from the Tuesday procedure in Philadelphia is six to eight weeks. They expect him to be ready for the start of training camp. The 6-foot-10 Carter showed promise last season after being drafted with the No. 7 overall pick, averaging 10.3 points and seven rebounds in 44 games before a season-ending left thumb injury.
Storyline: Wendell Carter Injury
It’s been widely reported that the Bulls are open to re-signing Lopez and Lopez told me before a road game in Orlando that he’s open to re-signing. That said, I do think it’s more likely that Lopez is gone. He wants, and deserves, to play. And if healthy, Markkanen and Carter are going to play a lot. Yes, you need at least a three- and possibly four-man rotation for the power forward and center. However, Boylen also has talked about trying Markkanen at center and Porter at power forward in some smaller lineups. … So if it’s not Lopez, look for similarly-minded veterans to be added in free agency.
Storyline: Robin Lopez Free Agency
Listen​ up, Bulls​ fans.​ There’s​ a song​ you should hear. You won’t understand it​ unless you’re​ among​ the five​ million​ people​​ in the world fluent in Finnish. But that’s OK. The beat bangs and the chorus is canny. “The chorus is fire,” Bulls center Wendell Carter Jr. said. It’s a song about Lauri Markkanen. The song is titled “Lauri.” It’s a spirited three-minute Finnish rap track composed as an ode to the second-year Bulls forward and Finland native. Just know the chorus will soon be stuck in your head. “Lauri, Lauri, Lauri Markkanen!”
A former Georgia Tech assistant coach is being charged by the NCAA with Level I violations relating to an Atlanta strip club visit that sources told ESPN included current Chicago Bulls rookie Wendell Carter Jr. and former Georgia Tech and NBA player Jarrett Jack. Jack, whom the NCAA declared to be a representative of Georgia Tech’s athletics interests, is alleged to have provided Carter and an unidentified then-Georgia Tech player with $300 for the strip club visit, the sources told ESPN.
6 months ago via ESPN
The roller-coaster week for rookie Bulls center Wendell Carter Jr. continued Friday when a follow-up examination on his injured left thumb revealed ligament damage, which the team has recommended surgery to address. The Bulls estimated his recovery and “return to sport time” at eight to 12 weeks. That likely would end Carter’s promising rookie season if he has the surgery, which a source said is almost certainly his plan.
Storyline: Wendell Carter Injury
“If you look at it, we’ve lost two of our best defenders in the Justin Holiday trade and Wendell Carter being hurt,” Boylen said. “Somebody is going to have to step up. That’s what we’re preaching. Play those minutes with physicality. We’re desperately seeking more physical play. And maybe our most physical guy is hurt.”
A follow-up MRI exam Wednesday led Carter and the Bulls to believe the ligament was largely intact, and he was listed as day to day. Carter even tested his thumb at Thursday’s morning shootaround in Denver and vowed to play Saturday against the Heat at the United Center. But the follow-up exam Friday showed ligament damage that the first imaging didn’t detect. … Carter is still considering his options, and it’s not certain he’ll need surgery or how long he’ll be sidelined.
Do you see any similarities between your game and Wendell Carter’s? Al Horford: You know what? I actually do. I think his potential is just tremendous, though, because he’s 19 and he’s already, for example, shooting 3s. I never dreamed, coming in as a rookie, of ever shooting 3-pointers. It seemed like a different world to me. But he’s a big presence on the defensive end. He shoots the mid-range (shot). He has a really good feel in the post. Very composed. Very smart player. So there are some similarities. But I think that he’s definitely more advanced than I was at that stage.
One telling moment from Saturday night came after the game, when Hoiberg was asked about how he sees rookie Wendell Carter Jr. and Markkanen co-existing on the court. “I think Lauri can play really well with Wendell,’’ Hoiberg said. “I think that’s the future of this franchise is those two guys on your frontline.’’ A future that Hoiberg likely won’t get to see fully develop.
It’s no secret that Carter is being tutored to take Lopez’ job. Though that’s also what makes Lopez such a good teammate and why Carter’s advancement could be limited this season. Lopez is willingly tutoring Carter to replace him. “Robin Lopez is a phenomenal player,” Carter said. “We’re both competitors and we’re just both competing for that spot. Coach said that spot is open, so I’m coming into training camp thinking there are no defined starters. Just coming in and trying to prove myself every day. Just playing against him. Learning how he plays defense, how he scores in the pick-and-roll, how he scores in the post without using too much effort, and how smart he is just all around.”
When Wendell Carter Jr. joined other members of the 2018 draft class at this week’s mandatory Rookie Transition Program, he knew there would be seminars and maybe some studying. What the Bulls first-round pick didn’t know is there would also be a magic show. And an NBA 2K video-game tournament. And a straight-talk moment from 10-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony.
Bulls rookie Wendell Carter Jr. on Tuesday was named to the NBA’s Summer League first team, as voted on by media members. […] Coach Fred Hoiberg told the Tribune that Carter’s first team recognition is “well deserved.” “I think Wendell had a great summer league,” Hoiberg said. “I thought he had a great minicamp with us before he went out there. He showed a lot of things. He showed he’s a very versatile basketball player. He showed he’s a guy who can step out on the floor and knock down the 3 and he also shows a nice touch in the paint.”
Carter blocked 11 shots in his first three games, including a two-handed snatch from Cleveland’s Ante Zizic in the Bulls’ opener that still ranks as the defensive play of this event. In the Bulls’ Vegas finale against Detroit Saturday, he shot 1-of-8 for just six points but added 16 rebounds and two blocks. Asked about his NBA readiness, Carter thought for a moment, then said: “Genes worked in my favor [his father played pro overseas, his mother in college]. And hard work. I’m constantly getting stronger. Faster. And the mental game is really key. You can be physically stronger but I think about 80, 90 percent of that is all mental. Knowing where to set screens, knowing when to take shots, simple things like that really make you great in this league.”
He said he looks forward to playing with first-round draft picks Wendell Carter Jr. and Chandler Hutchinson. “I’m excited,” Dunn said. “We have some good players. It will help us with games and help bring excitement to the fans. Last year it was amazing to play in front of the fans. We didn’t have the year that we wanted last year. Hopefully this year we can get it back by going out and competing each and every game.”
The Chicago Bulls have signed 2018 No. 7 selection Wendell Carter Jr. and No. 22 selection Chandler Hutchison. In accordance with team policy, terms of the contracts were not released. Carter Jr. (6-10, 259) played in 37 games (37 starts) for the Duke Blue Devils in 2017-18 and averaged 13.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.05 blocks. He was only the sixth Blue Devil to shoot better than .500 from the field (.561), .400 from 3-point range (.413) and .700 at the free throw line (.738). Carter Jr. notched one of the best rookie seasons by a big man in Duke history, finishing second all-time among Blue Devil freshman in rebounds (335), blocked shots (76) and double-doubles (16). He was a second-team All-ACC selection, a unanimous pick to the ACC All-Freshman Team, earned NABC All-District recognition, was named ACC Rookie of the Week three times (11/20, 12/26, 2/26) and was a finalist for the Karl Malone Award. Carter Jr. won gold medals with USA Basketball at the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship and the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship, where he also made the all-tournament team, and was selected for the 2016 USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team minicamp.
Paxson, general manager Gar Forman and Hoiberg envision Carter as Lauri Markkanen’s running buddy for the next decade. “You’ve got a modern-day big with Wendell,” Hoiberg said. “I’ve talked a lot to Coach K (Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski) in the last week about the different ways he utilized Wendell’s skill set. They ran a lot of high-low with him and (Marvin) Bagley with Wendell out on the floor making the pass.