Carter-Williams agreed to terms on a one-year, $2.7 million contract with the Hornets, Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com reports. Carter-Williams is coming off yet another disappointing campaign, as he averaged just 6.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists across 18.8 minutes per game with the Bulls. He paired that with a career-low 36.6 percent field goal percentage, which ultimately led to his release from Chicago. After signing with the Hornets, Carter-Williams will have a fresh start, but he'll be stuck behind Kemba Walker and potentially Briante Weber at point guard, which should limit his overall fantasy impact.
The Bulls do not plan to tender Carter-Williams a qualifying offer, which will make him an unrestricted free agent on July 1, David Kaplan of CSN Chicago reports. Carter-Williams has a $4.4 million qualifying offer that would make him a restricted free agent, but the Bulls are apparently content to let the 25-year-old walk this offseason. Considering Carter-Williams' struggles since earning the Rookie of the Year award in 2013-14, the decision doesn't come as much of a surprise. Carter-Williams appeared in 45 games for Chicago last season, averaging just 6.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists while shooting a dreadful 36.6 percent from the field. Considering the Bulls brought in second-year point guard Kris Dunn via trade on draft night and will want to get a better look at Cameron Payne next season, Carter-Williams is more expendable than ever.
Coach Fred Hoiberg said Friday that he views Carter-Williams as the Bulls' backup point guard, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports. With Hoiberg removing Jerian Grant from both the starting lineup and rotation in the last two games and Cameron Payne (foot) now sidelined, Rajon Rondo and Carter-Williams look poised to handle the majority of the minutes at point guard until further notice. Rondo was appointed into the starting five the last two games and has seen 35-plus minutes both times out, so if that pattern holds, it appears Carter-Williams will frequently have to settle for less than 15 minutes, which doesn't give him much intrigue outside of very deep leagues.
Carter-Williams (knee) will play in Saturday's contest against the Clippers, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports. Carter-Williams had been a game time decision prior to Saturday's game after he sat out the team's past three games due to his knee injury. Though he's able to return, it's unclear how large of a role he'll have alongside Jerian Grant, Rajon Rondo, and Cameron Payne.
Carter-Williams (knee) will be a game-time decision for Saturday's matchup against the ClippersNick Friedell of ESPN reports. Carter-Williams has been sidelined the previous three games due to a knee injury. However, he appears to be trending toward a return Saturday depending on how he feels during pregame warm ups. It is unclear how he will fit in the rotation with Jerian Grant, Rajon Rondo, and Cameron Payne, but he would seem the likely candidate to be on the outside looking in.
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