Bulls rookie and Brotherhood member Wendell Carter got some unfortunate news today: the remainder of his rookie season is now in doubt as he will miss 8-12 weeks after thumb surgery. At first the injury was thought to be insignificant but an MRI changed the narrative and what was thought to be a minor sprain turned out to be in need of surgery. The good news is that the surgery was successful, but otherwise it derails what’s been a good year for Wendell other than playing for the disaster that is Chicago right now: he’s averaged about 10.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks a night.
The Bulls are in a dismal situation at the moment: they currently stand at 11-36, have had severe locker room issues and an absence of leadership. They’re one of the main candidates in the tanking race for the crowning jewels of this year’s likely draft class: any of Duke’s three or Ja Morant of Murray State are all major prospects for the NBA that many, in order to gain advantage in the probability of a lottery pick, are specifically losing for.