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Bulls’ Wendell Carter Jr. out vs. Pelicans with sprained ankle


The Chicago Bulls will be without their starting center as they take on the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday. Wendell Carter Jr. who suffered a sprained ankle on Monday against the Dallas Mavericks has been listed as out for Chicago’s upcoming game per K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago.

Other than Carter, rookie big man Daniel Gafford is listed as probable for the game and would likely take the bulk of Carter’s minutes if he does play.

Wendell Carter Jr. was drafted with the seventh pick of the 2018 NBA Draft. After an up and down yet promising rookie season, the 6-foot-9 center has taken strides in his second season.

This season for the Bulls, the former Duke star is averaging 11.7 points and 9.9 rebounds while shooting 53.7 percent from the floor.

Despite Carter’s solid 2019-20 season so far, it hasn’t translated to many wins for the struggling Bulls. Despite leading the league in steals per game and putting out a top-five defense in the NBA, Chicago is just 13-24 on the season and sit in eleventh place in the Eastern Conference.

Also among the injured for the Bulls is starting small forward Otto Porter Jr. who has been out since the beginning of the year, point guard Ryan Aricidiacono and power forward Lauri Markkanen who are both listed as probable for the matchup against New Orleans.

Although the Bulls are currently suffering through a four-game losing streak, the team is one game out from ninth place in the East and 3.5 games behind the Brooklyn Nets for the eighth seed,