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Wendell Carter Jr. returns to Bulls practice, upgraded to questionable vs. Pelicans

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Chicago Bulls center Wendell Carter Jr. was able to get through a full practice session and has been upgraded to questionable for Wednesday night’s preseason matchup against the New Orleans Pelicans.

“We’ll see how it goes before the game. There’s a chance he could get a few minutes,” Bulls head coach Jim Boylen told Phillip Thompson of the Chicago Tribune.

Carter has been dealing with a tailbone injury. The former No. 7 overall pick was unable to participate in Tuesday’s practice, which led many to believe he might not be ready in time for Wednesday’s preseason game against the Pelicans. In fact, Carter noted that he was still experiencing a bit of pain earlier this week:

“It still hurts a lot, so taking it one day at a time,” Carter told the Chicago Tribune on Tuesday. “I’m going to try and go in the shootaround [Wednesday], but I’m not going to rush it back.”

The fact that Carter has been upgraded to questionable is certainly good news for Bulls fans, as his upside is evident. In his 44 appearances with Chicago last regular season, he racked up averages of 10.3 points on 48.5 percent shooting from the field, 7.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.3 blocks in 25.2 minutes per outing.

Wednesday night’s Bulls-Pelicans exhibition is set to tip inside the United Center at 8:00 p.m. ET, with ESPN having live broadcast coverage.