Carter (ankle) hopes to play in the first game after the All-Star break Thursday against the Hornets, Jamal Collier of the Chicago Tribune reports.

The 20-year-old has been sidelined since Jan. 6 due to the right ankle sprain and is sitting out Friday night's Rising Stars Challenge, but he may be able to retake the court for the Bulls after an 18-game absence. Carter's availability at practice next week will provide a better idea of whether he'll be cleared to begin the second half on the court.

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