Don't expect to see Michael Carter-Williams in the fold for the Bulls guard spots next season.
The organization is reportedly declining the qualifying option for the young guard, according to John Paxson on David Kaplan's radio show:
Carter-Williams, 25, was acquired in a trade with the Bucks last October in a move that sent Tony Snell to Milwaukee. Snell — the Bulls' first round pick (20th overall) in 2013 — turned in a career year with the Bucks, averaging 8.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game while making 80 starts.
Meanwhile, Carter-Williams appeared in only 45 games (19 starts) for the Bulls, suffering through the worst season of his professional career. He was drafted 11th overall in the same year the Bulls took Snell and Carter-Williams burst onto the scene with 16.7 points, 6.3 assists, 6.2 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game in his rookie season with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Carter-Williams was then traded to the Bucks in February 2015. He shot only 36.6 percent from the field in 2016-17 while averaging 18.8 minutes per game.
The Bulls are stacked at guard with Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo currently under contract plus 2016 first-round pick Denzel Valentine, Jerian Grant (acquired in the Derrick Rose trade), Cameron Payne (acquired in the Taj Gibson deal), Isaiah Canaan and then Kris Dunn and Zack LaVine (who were both acquired in the Jimmy Butler blockbuster last week).
There's still no definitive timetable for the return of Otto Porter Jr., who missed his fourth straight game with a sprained left foot.
Coach Jim Boylen did say he hasn't heard the word "surgery" mentioned and used the word "weeks" when asked if the starting forward would miss weeks or months.
"Otto's is a slow. meticulous process," Boylen said before the Bulls hosted the Nets at the United Center. "As symptoms subside, he gets better. Some days those symptoms are less, and some days they are the same as the day before. So that's where that's at."
"He's working at it. He's trying. Again, this is a tough one. It's not a definitive thing. I'm sorry I don't have more answers for everyone. We're just trying to do the best we can with it."
Chandler Hutchison started for Porter again.
Another game, another opportunity.
The Bulls' early-season schedule has been filled with feast and famine in terms of opposing stars.
On the one hand, they've faced five former most valuable players in Derrick Rose, LeBron James, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, and Giannis Antetokounmpo. On the other, they've avoided several significant players, with Nets guard Kyrie Irving becoming the latest.
The Nets announced that Irving, who has been battling shoulder soreness on their current trip, won't play Saturday evening against the Bulls. Spencer Dinwiddie is a likely candidate to replace him as a starter. The Nets are 1-3 on this five-game trip, which concludes Saturday.
When the Bulls played the Pistons, Blake Griffin and Reggie Jackson sat. When the Bulls played the Pacers, Victor Oladipo, Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis sat. When the played the Hawks, John Collins didn't play.
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