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Executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson said the Bulls have “run out of time” on Carter (left thumb surgery) and Hutchison (right toe injury). He stopped short of shutting down Porter (strained right rotator cuff), though he said, “It’s kind of trending that way.”
Carter and Hutchison each appeared in 44 games. The No. 7 pick, Carter averaged 10.3 points and seven rebounds. Hutchison, who was drafted No. 22 overall, averaged 5.2 points and 4.2 rebounds.
Porter, acquired from Washington last month, missed his third straight game Saturday against Utah. Leading scorer Zach LaVine (right knee tendinitis) sat out his second in a row.
The Bulls entered Saturday’s game with the fourth-worst record in the NBA. Shutting down Porter and LaVine might result in a few more losses and better odds in the lottery.
“We’re gonna monitor them,” Paxson said. “Otto has so many things going on that we won’t push him. We may run out of time,