Oh, and about those draft-day trade rumors that had Carter and the fourth pick going to Golden State for the No. 2 selection? “When I first saw it, I kind of knew it was BS,” Carter said. “I didn’t pay much attention to it … I had a lot of faith I was going to be here. I knew the coaching staff and the front office believed in me from the talks that we’ve had. So I knew I was going to be a Bull. But it’s always a little anxiety when you see your name floating around as possibly being traded. But deep down in my heart, I knew I was going to be a Bull.”
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K.C. Johnson: FWIW, Wendell Carter Jr. has told people he’s under impression new management values him. Normally, such details have to be taken in perspective. Nobody is untouchable on this roster. However, with new regime touting player-first organization, perhaps this carries some weight.
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.
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.
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Scott Agness: Pacers lacking firepower, but especially defense — yielding 124+ points for the 4th time in six games. Mavs win 124-112 getting a triple-double from Luka (13-12-12). Brogdon scored 26, Sabonis had 25/10. Lamb scored 10 in his season debut. Up next: v Magic Friday.
Chase Hughes: Bradley Beal said he invited Russell Westbrook to come over to his house to shoot around during the time with no practice. He didn’t indicate whether Westbrook actually came over or not. “I don’t know if we’re allowed to do that.”
Tom Orsborn: More from Kerr on Spurs: “You watch them play and there is no coincidence that they are winning. They are rock solid. They take care of the ball better than anybody in the league. They defend. They have got a lot of good young talent and a nice mix with their veterans.”