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Wendell Carter Jr. could be out 8-to-12 weeks after surgery

Wendell Carter Jr. could be out 8-to-12 weeks after surgery

In the first part of the season, the Bulls were overwhelmed with injuries. It now appears the team has been dealt a massive injury blow.

Rookie center Wendell Carter Jr.'s left thumb injury is severe enough that surgery is recommended for Carter. If he has surgery, the Bulls said in a press release he is expected to miss 8-to-12 weeks.

Carter suffered the injury Tuesday at the Lakers. An MRI on Wednesday showed a sprain and further tests from team specialists resulted in the recommendation.

If Carter is out for 12 weeks, he could miss the rest of the season. The 19-year-old has been a bright spot for the Bulls this season, averaging 10.3 points and 7 rebounds per game while shooting 48.5 percent from the field.

Carter losing development time in a season where the Bulls are primarily focusing on trying to develop their young core is a blow to a rebuilding effort. The Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson said Carter could still opt out of surgery and try to play through the injury.

Johnson followed up with a source saying surgery is "almost certainly" the plan.

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Bulls Talk Podcast: Why Ja Morant would be a perfect fit

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Bulls Talk Podcast: Why Ja Morant would be a perfect fit

On this edition of the Bulls Talk podcast, Mark Schanowski, Kendall Gill, and Kelly Crull react to the Bulls loss to the Jazz and the mounting injuries.

0:45 Kelly on making the transition to covering the Cubs

1:20 On Bulls limping to the finish line

2:35 On Paxson addressing the media before the Jazz game

4:15 Kendall on Chandler Hutchison

6:20 On Wendell Carter Jr and his leadership and expectations for next season

8:40 Kendall on next season, and his conversation with Robin Lopez

12:40 Kendall makes an analogy on Bulls needing a veteran to elephants

13:45 On Otto Porter Jr and his status for the last few weeks

14:50 On NCAA Tournament and NBA draft prospects; Ja Morant

20:20 Kendall on being recruited by Depaul when he was in high school

22:30 On what LaVine and Markkanen need to improve on during offseason

23:45 Other players biggest improvements

24:55 More on Kendall’s interview with Robin Lopez

25:40 On Sweet Sixteen

Listen to the full episode in the embedded player below:

Bulls Outsiders Podcast: Reaction to Jazz loss; message for the Blazers Outsiders

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Bulls Outsiders Podcast: Reaction to Jazz loss; message for the Blazers Outsiders

On this edition of Bulls Outsiders, Matt Peck, Dave Watson, and John Sabine react to the Bulls 114-83 loss to the Jazz.

0:30       Reaction to the blowout loss

2:20       Matt’s headwear becomes a topic

5:30       On Markkanen’s night and aggressive play

6:50       Should Bulls sit LaVine and Porter Jr. out the rest of the season?

10:05    Viewer comments on resting starters

11:15    Viewer comment on Ja Morant and if he’s worth trading up for if Bulls don’t get 2nd pick

13:30    We found a John Sabine KFC commercial and critique his acting skills

18:30    Viewer comments about chicken places

21:00    We now have beef with the Blazers Outsiders