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Wendell Carter Jr. said his cast should be removed in about 10 days and then he will start rehab. Jim Boylen said he hopes Carter will be able to continue to travel with the team, as Denzel Valentine has, while he recovers.

Malika Andrews ESPN 

Wendell Carter Jr., with a cast on his hand, is observing Bulls practice.

McMenamin: Lakers don't have a roster spot for Melo (0:47)
Woj breaks down Melo's trade to the Bulls (2:02)
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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.

Malika Andrews ESPN 

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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Wade gets standing O in his Chicago farewell

Heat guard Dwyane Wade, who already has said his final goodbyes to 11 cities on his season-long farewell tour, said Saturday's swan song in Chicago "felt different than any other city."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cole Hamels signs autographs at the Cubs winter fan convention.

Malika Andrews ESPN 

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.

Malika Andrews ESPN 

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