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Wendell Carter Jr. ‘ain’t having’ no Bobby Portis revenge game

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Wendell Carter Jr. knows he’s only hours away from a reunion with former teammate Bobby Portis, but neither he nor the team are planning to entertain a revenge game for the ousted big man. Portis was traded to the Washington Wizards before the trade deadline and signed with the New York Knicks in free agency.

Only a day before the Knicks face the Bulls at the United Center, Carter issued a clear message to Portis — he ain’t having it.

“No words need to be said. We’re not letting that happen,” said Carter, according to K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago. “Bobby is going to want to put on a show. I’m not going to have it. I hope he’s watching this. I ain’t having it.”

Carter and Portis only spent a short time together during the former’s rookie year, as the Bulls were already preparing to trade him since an early-season incident with Nikola Mirotic made it a possibility. Chicago hauled in Otto Porter Jr. as a result of the trade that sent him and Jabari Parker to the Wizards.

Portis is notorious for these revenge games, already trotting out a 28-point, 11-rebound outing against the Bulls in October, which resulted in the Knicks’ first win of the season. He also poured in a 20-point, 10-rebound effort late in the 2018-19 season as a member of the Wizards, despite a one-point loss.

Portis is 2-2 in revenge games so far, but Carter is looking to put the record under .500, as the Bulls look to correct some of their own faults through a 3-7 start to the season.