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Report: Former Bulls guard Michael Carter-Williams finds new home

Report: Former Bulls guard Michael Carter-Williams finds new home

Michael Carter-Williams has found a new home, and he's staying in the Eastern Conference.

After not being extended a qualifying offer from the Bulls, the 25-year-old point guard has reportedly agreed to a one-year, $2.7 million deal with the Charlotte Hornets, according to ESPN's Chris Haynes.

Carter-Williams appeared in 45 games (starting in 19 of them) with Chicago, and averaged 6.6 points per game, 3.4 rebounds per game and 2.5 assists per game while shooting .366 from the field. All of those numbers were career-lows for him, so a change of scenery and larger role could help get his career back on track.

He was acquired by the Bulls in October 2016 in a deal that sent Tony Snell to the Milwaukee Bucks.

 

Coby White, Chris Paul share bond that's bigger than basketball

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Coby White, Chris Paul share bond that's bigger than basketball

Coby White has scored a season-high 33 points in back-to-back games, but he's staying level-headed as hype and hysteria swirls around him.

“You’re going to have highs and lows over the season. I try to be the same throughout. That’s kind of how I live my life,” White said Tuesday. “It’s great and all but I just try to stay positive. A lot of people are saying congrats and whatnot. But I just have to keep getting better.”

This same approach served White well the last time he faced his mentor, Chris Paul. The Bulls blew leads of 26 points in the first half and 10 points in the fourth quarter to lose 109-106 at Oklahoma City in December.

Afterward, a posed picture of White and Paul smiling on the court after the gut-wrenching defeat landed on social media. Some critics pounced, saying that was neither the time nor place for fraternization.

Never mind that White played for Paul’s AAU team and received mental and emotional support from the All-Star guard as White’s father lost his battle with cancer.

“He means a lot to me and my family, especially me. He’s been there for me for a long time now,” White said. “I played for his AAU organization. He’s like a big brother, a mentor for me, someone I always looked up to and he’s always been by my side no matter what.

“Whenever I needed something, I knew I could call on him, and he had my back through anything. He’s always supported me through everything. I can’t thank him enough for what he’s done for me.”

There are basketball benefits, as well. White studies Paul’s game, noting that he outscored the Bulls by himself 19-16 in that fateful fourth quarter in Oklahoma City.

“I love that he’s super smart. He’s a technician with the basketball. He can do it all — finish, get to the lane, shoot the 3. He’s such a leader, vocally and by example. He’s willing to go that extra mile for anything,” White said. “His leadership is what stood out to me. Even in AAU, him being the coach, you still see that Alpha Dog mentality with him on the sideline.”

White said the two talk occasionally during the season and certainly will Tuesday, no matter the outcome.

“Coming into the league, I wanted to be good really quickly. I know it doesn’t work like that,” White said. “So he just told me to be patient, keep grinding and everything will take care of itself.”

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Wendell Carter Jr. ruled out for Bulls-Thunder after being listed as questionable

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Wendell Carter Jr. ruled out for Bulls-Thunder after being listed as questionable

Wendell Carter Jr. had been officially listed as questionable on the Bulls' injury report in advance of a Tuesday night matchup with the Thunder, but Jim Boylen said after morning shootaround he'll remain inactive. The Bulls are 7-14 with the 21st rated defense in the NBA in 21 games since Carter went down.

"We have no additions to our lineup tonight, we will go with the same nine players," Boylen said. "[Carter]'s still moving in the right direction, but he's out tonight."

No additions to the lineup means the Bulls will roll with the same nine-man rotation they've deployed for the team's past two games: Tomas Satoransky, Zach LaVine, Ryan Arcidiacono, Thad Young, Daniel Gafford, Coby White, Cristiano Felicio, Shaq Harrison and Adam Mokoka. Everyone else is out. In those two games, the Bulls are 1-1 against the Suns (loss) and Wizards (win), respectively. The team has lost eight of their last nine, overall.

Boylen said all the Bulls' injured players — presumably, Chandler Hutchison (shoulder), Otto Porter Jr. (foot), Luke Kornet (ankle), Denzel Valentine (hamstring) and Carter — had light shootarounds with the hope they can continue practicing throughout the week.

"We'll practice tomorrow, we'll evaluate it again on Thursday, we'll practice on Thursday and we'll travel Friday and we'll figure it out," Boylen said. "Our injured players will have a lighter day today so we can hopefully have more bodies for practice tomorrow and Thursday. We'll see how that shakes out. Sometimes it's day-to-day."

The Bulls travel to New York for a matchup with the Knicks on Saturday before jetting back home for the Mavericks to close the month of February. The timelines of all those sidelined are unclear.

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