Wendell Carter Jr.

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  • Wendell Carter Jr. - C/F - Chicago Bulls

    Wendell Carter Jr. is ready to show off all that he learned while being on the sidelines after undergoing thumb surgery saying, "Accidents happen and I got injured. But I feel it will help me come back better for next season."

    Carter also talked about seeing how beneficial it was to watch how the veterans approach the game and how the position themselves and stay calm. Carter relayed how he saw the game slow down while watching from the sidelines, and knows what he needs to do to improve. Carter showed flashes in his rookie year and will look to show everyone that his injury wasn't a total waste of a season.

    Source: Sam Smith on NBA.com

  • Wendell Carter Jr. - C/F - Chicago Bulls

    Wendell Carter Jr.'s rookie season was cut short due to a left thumb injury.

    Carter started in all 44 games that he played and ended up posting top-120 value in both 8 and 9-cat formats. He certainly looked like a rookie at times this season, but he also had his fair share of moments showing why he was a top-10 pick in the draft. Still only 19 years old, WCJ has a bright future ahead of him as a two-way center that can stretch the floor and pass.

  • Wendell Carter Jr. - C/F - Chicago Bulls

    Wendell Carter Jr. (left thumb surgery) will not return this season.

    This was expected when Carter's surgery was first announced, and now the team has made it official. He remains an excellent player for dynasty and keeper formats, and should be Chicago's defensive anchor for years to come.

    Source: Cody Westerlund on Twitter

  • Wendell Carter Jr. - C/F - Chicago Bulls

    Wendell Carter Jr. (left thumb) had the pin surgically removed from his thumb on Friday.

    It's not much of an update on the rookie, but it's something. His rookie campaign is over, but he will surely gain some buzz before his sophomore season.

    Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter

  • Wendell Carter Jr. - C/F - Chicago Bulls

    Wendell Carter Jr. (left thumb) underwent successful surgery on Monday and will miss the next 8-to-12 weeks.

    As expected. Robin Lopez looks like the starter until he's traded or bought out, though it's Bobby Portis who becomes the best fantasy option. Jabari Parker might also hit the radar in deeper leagues, with Cristiano Felicio bringing up the rear if you need rebounds in a 30-teamer.

    Source: Sean Highkin on Twitter

  • Wendell Carter Jr. - C/F - Chicago Bulls

    Wendell Carter Jr. is planning to undergo surgery on his left thumb on Monday, according to Shams Charania.

    WCJ is expected to miss 8-to-12 weeks, ending his rookie season. He showed flashes of his two-way ability, but will miss out on a lot of crucial development time after the Bulls move on from Robin Lopez. Bobby Portis and Lauri Markkanen should get more run at center, while the Bulls will likely showcase Lopez before trading him or buying him out. Cristiano Felicio could see some playing time as well.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Robin Lopez - C - Chicago Bulls

    Adrian Wojnarowski reported that despite Wendell Carter Jr.’s (left thumb) extended absence, the Bulls haven’t changed direction on trying to trade Robin Lopez.

    If Lopez is traded, that would leave Cristiano Felicio as the lone true center on the Bulls’ roster. If that ends up being the case it’s still hard to see Felicio getting minutes in the 30s and considering his skill-set isn’t that fantasy friendly, he would probably be only usable in deep leagues. It’s also possible the Bulls bring in a G-League player to soak up some of the minutes or just play more small-ball with Bobby Portis and Lauri Markkanen getting more run at the five.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Wendell Carter Jr. - C/F - Chicago Bulls

    A recent blurb on the Bulls’ website informs us that Wendell Carter Jr. (left thumb) was examined by hand specialists, Drs. John Fernandez and Mark Cohen, and that their recommendation for surgery would leave Carter Jr. out of commission for 8-to-12 weeks.

    To be clear, the Bulls aren’t announcing his surgery only what the rehab time would be if performed. While it’s still possible WCJ gets a second opinion, the Bulls are tanking and have no reason to keep him out there so the writing may be on the wall. Make sure Bobby Portis isn’t floating around on any waivers.

    Source: Bulls.com

  • Wendell Carter Jr. - F - Chicago Bulls

    Bulls insider K.C. Johnson reported that a new MRI revealed ligament damage to Wendell Carter Jr.’s thumb that may need surgery.

    The first specialist Carter Jr. saw is recommending surgery but it’s still possible that he sees an additional specialist for another opinion according to Johnson. Either way, it doesn’t look like WCJ will be back anytime soon which makes Bobby Portis a must add. Additionally, Robin Lopez’s backup role seems a bit more secure while Jabari Parker might actually stick in the rotation with Portis getting more run at center.

    Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter

  • Wendell Carter Jr. - F - Chicago Bulls

    Wendell Carter Jr. (sprained thumb) is day-to-day and hopes to play on Saturday.

    It's been quite the whirlwind for Carter, who was initially expecting to miss 6-to-8 weeks. The Bulls should take it very slowly with their rookie but it doesn't sound like he'll miss much time in the near future unless he reports more pain in his thumb. WCJ suiting up on Saturday isn't a lock by any means, but fantasy owners shouldn't plan on being without him for long.

    Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter

  • Wendell Carter Jr. - F - Chicago Bulls

    Wendell Carter Jr. (sprained thumb) will not play on Thursday.

    In addition to the thumb injury, Carter apparently underwent an MRI on his left knee that came back negative. He'll be re-evaluated again on Friday but is said to be day-to-day, so hopefully he's not out long. Robin Lopez and Bobby Portis should see the largest increases in playing time for as long as Carter is sidelined while Jabari Parker and Cristiano Felicio are also in line for more minutes.

    Source: Sun-Times Basketball on Twitter

  • Wendell Carter Jr. - F - Chicago Bulls

    Further testing on Wendell Carter Jr.'s thumb revealed that his UCL is intact and that his thumb is sprained, meaning he could be listed as day-to-day rather than week-to-week.

    It sounds like the Bulls have dodged a major bullet here, as a previous report of gamekeeper's thumb could've left him with a 4-to-6 week timetable. Carter remains someone to hold in all fantasy leagues though this does have the looks of a situation that could become frustrating very quickly. Bobby Portis is still worth adding in all formats while the rest of the Chicago frontcourt loses most of its appeal in deeper leagues.

    Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter

  • Wendell Carter Jr. - F - Chicago Bulls

    Wendell Carter Jr. is reportedly suffering from gamekeeper's thumb, an injury that usually comes with a 4-to-6 week timetable.

    To answer your first question, gamekeeper's thumb is basically an injury to the UCL in the thumb. K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune is also reporting a multi-week absence ahead for Carter, with the Bulls yet to rule out a broken thumb diagnosis or surgery as part of the recovery plan. WCJ has been a top-120 player this season but it might be hard to justify a hold here if you're on the playoff bubble. Wait for official word before making any moves but Bobby Portis should be added in all leagues while Robin Lopez, Jabari Parker and Cristiano Felicio may also see more time. They're only deep-league options and should be valued in that order.

    Source: Chicago Sun-Times Basketball on Twitter