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Bulls' Carter has thumb surgery, out 8-12 weeks

Rookie Wendell Carter Jr., a rare bright spot for the Bulls this season, will be out 8-12 weeks after having surgery to repair a ligament in his thumb. The prized rookie will be replaced by Bobby Portis and Robin Lopez for now.

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The Bulls announce rookie Wendell Carter Jr. underwent successful surgery on the ulnar collateral ligament of his left thumb this morning.

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Jim Boylen said that while Robin Lopez will start at center for the Bulls tonight, it will be fluid moving forward. He expects Bobby Portis to spend some time at starting C, too.

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Robin Lopez said he is starting in Wendell Carter Jr.'s absence tonight.

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Docs recommend Bulls' Carter undergo surgery

Chicago-based hand specialists have recommended Bulls rookie Wendell Carter undergo surgery to repair a left thumb injury. If Carter opts to have the surgery, the recovery time is 8-12 weeks.