Carter underwent core muscle surgery Tuesday and is facing a 6-to-8 week recovery timeline.
Carter is still expected to fully cleared in time for training camp, which lines up with the initial rehab timetable. The 25-year-old flashed his upside in an injury-shortened rookie campaign, averaging 10.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 25.2 minutes in 44 games.
Carter will undergo surgery Tuesday to repair a core muscle injury. He is expected to be ready for training camp.
A thumb injury cut Carter's rookie campaign short, with the big man appearing in only 44 games. He still managed to show off some upside, however, racking up three 20-point games, nine performances with at least 10 boards, and seven outings with more than two blocks. While Carter will be sidelined for summer league, he should be good to go by the time training camp rolls around.
Carter will miss the rest of the season due to a left thumb injury.
Carter, who hasn't played since January 17th, is officially done for the season according to the Bulls. It appears as if the team is airing on the side of caution with their young center as his recovery, to this point, has gone according to plan. While his absence has been a short-term setback for the young team, Carter is on track to be ready for the beginning of the 2019-20 season.
Carter had a pin removed from his surgically repaired thumb Friday, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
The news means that Carter's recovery from surgery has gone as expected up to this point, but the rookie center is still expected to require a splint for the thumb for at least three more weeks. With that in mind, Carter looks on track to be sidelined until the latter half of March, if not the rest of the season. Robin Lopez has stepped in for Carter as the Bulls' new starting center and hit double figures in scoring in seven straight games, averaging 16.9 points (on 67.6 percent shooting from the field) during that span to go with 4.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.4 rejections in 27.0 minutes per contest.
Carter underwent successful surgery Monday to repair the ulnar collateral ligament of his left thumb.
The surgery was performed by Dr. John Fernandez and is expected to keep Carter sidelined for 8-to-12 weeks. A more concrete return date should come into focus as Carter progresses in his recovery, but it's possible that the rookie doesn't return before the end of the season. With Carter on the shelf, Bobby Portis and Robin Lopez should continue to cover the bulk of minutes at center, while Cristiano Felicio could also enter the fold, especially in the event Lopez is traded or bought out.
Carter is slated to undergo surgery Monday to repair his left thumb, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Charania relays that Carter will be sidelined up to three months following the procedure, which essentially matches the 8-to-12-week recovery timeline that surfaced Friday after the big man met with a specialist. The Bulls should be able to pinpoint a more accurate return date for Carter a few weeks after the surgery, but if the three-month timeline proves realistic, it would likely spell an end to his rookie campaign. Bobby Portis and Robin Lopez have covered the bulk of the center minutes for the first two games of Carter's absence, but Cristiano Felicio could enter the picture at the position in the event Lopez is traded prior to the Feb. 7 deadline or bought out of his contract shortly thereafter.
Carter is expected to undergo surgery on his injured left thumb and will be out for 8-to-12 weeks following the procedure.
After the Bulls went back and forth on the health of Carter, the team's hand specialists have recommended that the rookie big man has surgery on the sprained thumb he hurt three days ago in Los Angeles. Carter can technically still opt to not have surgery, but K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune is reporting that all signs are pointing to the big man electing to undergo the procedure. With Carter set to miss at least two months, Bobby Portis and Robin Lopez are in line to see the biggest bump in minutes. Portis entered the starting lineup in Carter's absence Thursday night against the Nuggets.
Carter (thumb) saw a specialist for his injury Friday morning and results are expected later in the day, Mike McGraw of the Chicago Daily Herald reports.
It seemed like the Bulls may have been out of the woods after Carter's MRI came back clean, but there still seems to be some hesitation about throwing him back out into games soon. To clear things up, the rookie has seen a specialist, and we're expected to learn more about his condition later Friday.
Carter (thumb) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Nuggets, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
As expected, Carter will miss his first game of the season as he nurses a sprained left thumb. Fortunately, the big man avoided a more serious injury and is being considered day-to-day, with his next chance to play coming Saturday against the Heat. Look for his status to clear up closer to game-time. Robin Lopez and Cristiano Felicio are candidates to pick up some run at center Thursday, though the Bulls could also choose to go small with Bobby Portis -- or potentially Lauri Markkanen -- seeing time at the five.
Carter (thumb) has been ruled out of Thursday's game against the Nuggets, Malika Andrews of ESPN reports.
The Bulls officially diagnosed Carter with a sprained left thumb, and while he's not expected to miss extended time, he'll be held out Thursday after playing through the injury for much of Tuesday's loss to the Lakers. Expect Robin Lopez and Cristiano Felicio to pick up some run at center, though the Bulls could also go small with Bobby Portis, or even Lauri Markkanen, seeing time at the five.
Carter (thumb) is considered doubtful to play Thursday night against the Nuggets, the Chicago Tribune reports.
The Bulls got good news Wednesday when tests revealed Carter avoided a major injury to his right thumb. Initial reports indicated that he'd been ruled out of Thursday night's game, but the Bulls have since clarified that there's a chance the rookie could go if he's pain-free by game time. It still seems rather unlikely that Carter will take the floor, but his status is something to keep an eye on throughout the day.
Carter (thumb) will not play in Thursday's game against the Nuggets, The Chicago Sun-Times reports.
This comes as no surprise given Carter is dealing with a sprained thumb that is leaving his availability for the next few weeks in doubt. The Bulls are currently calling the big man day-to-day, but he is set for an official evaluation when the team returns back to Chicago on Friday. With Carter out Thursday, Robin Lopez, Bobby Portis and Cristiano Felicio could all be in line for extended minutes in the froncourt.
Carter has been diagnosed with a sprained thumb and the Bulls are "prepared to call him day-to-day", K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
There was some fear in the Bulls organization that Carter could miss up to a month, but the rookie has avoided a torn ligament, being diagnosed with a sprain and not a fracture. This is certainly a relief for Carter and the team, which has dealt with a myriad of injuries all season. It seems unlikely Carter will suit up for Thursday's game against the Nuggets, though more specific information on the center's timetable should emerge in the near future. Assuming he misses time, Robin Lopez, Bobby Portis and Cristiano Felicio are all candidates to see upticks in usage.
Carter (thumb) is expected to miss several weeks, KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
The Bulls are still awaiting the results of additional tests on the rookie's thumb, but Johnson notes that surgery has not been ruled out, while the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Carter could be set to miss as much as six weeks of action. A more detailed and concrete timetable will likely be available in the coming hours, but for now it looks as though Carter will be sidelined indefinitely with an injury that could leave him on the shelf until around the All-Star break.
Carter's (thumb) MRI has yet to return and there is internal worry that the injury could be "significant", K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Carter suffered the injury during Tuesday's loss to the Lakers in Los Angeles, and it seems the rookie could be in for an extended absence. More information will emerge once his MRI results are revealed, but initial rumblings aren't encouraging.
Carter, in addition to waking up with tenderness in his left knee, underwent an MRI for his left thumb, which he injured Tuesday against the Lakers.
Carter is banged up following Tuesday's loss, and he may end up on the injury report for Thursday's matchup in Denver. More information should arrive in the time leading up to the contest, but if the rookie does end up missing time, Bobby Portis, Cristiano Felicio and Robin Lopez could all see extra run.
Carter posted 22 points (7-9 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 7-7 FT), six rebounds and one assist across 29 minutes in the Bulls' 124-112 loss to the Trail Blazers on Wednesday.
The rookie's scoring total paced the Bulls and served as his first 20-point-plus effort since Nov. 30. Carter 's offensive usage has gone through considerable fluctuation after a hot start to his career, as Wednesday's tally qualified as only the sixth double-digit point haul for Carter since Dec. 1. The 19-year-old's rebounding has been a lot steadier of late, however, as Carter has brought down between six and 13 rebounds in eight of the last nine contests.
Carter collected 15 points (6-9 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 3-4 FT), eight rebounds, three assists, three steals, and one block in 43 minutes during Friday's 119-116 overtime loss to the Pacers.
Carter was extremely efficient offensively while matching his career high steal total, bouncing back after being held without a point across 13 minutes during Wednesday's loss to the Magic. Moreover, the rookie big man contributed in every category while committing zero turnovers. While he can be expected to struggle from to time like any young player, the 19-year-old center is already a useful option across all formats.
Carter totaled 16 points (6-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 11 rebounds, and one assist in 33 minutes during Sunday's 95-89 loss to the Raptors.
Carter played well again Sunday, dropping his seventh double-double of the season. After struggling to begin the month, Carter appears to have his mojo back and has put up three solid performances back-to-back. As with many rookies, Carter is going to have his issues moving forward but he remains a must-roster player in most formats.
Carter scored 17 points (8-10 FG, 1-1 FT) while adding 13 rebounds, three blocks, two assists and a steal in 33 minutes during Friday's 101-92 win over the Wizards.
The scoring total was his best effort through 13 games in December, while the double-double was his sixth of the season but first in 11 games. Carter's had plenty of growing pains so far as a rookie, but considering he won't turn 20 years old until next April, the Bulls will be extremely patient with the seventh overall pick in this year's draft.
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