After the most successful run in five years last season, the Chicago Bulls will look to improve even further. They’ve already started, in the form of free agency additions and key player retention.
Zach LaVine’s return was the number one priority on their to-do list this summer, and they completed it. Chicago also decided to bring Derrick Jones Jr. back for a new deal. But while these two received contract extensions, the same cannot be said for other members of the team whose contracts are about to expire.
One player in particular whose contract status is in limbo is guard Coby White. According to Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer, White and the Bulls are unlikely to agree on a contract extension until the start of next season.
“It seems unlikely that White will find an overtime before the fall,” Fischer reported on July 19. “Maybe an opposing team will if White can continue to show the throwing shot that has cemented his place in Chicago’s rotation, increased defense and greater playmaking. Try to acquire White at deadline and look forward to the chance to put him in to be paid in the next off-season.
White has shown promising flashes, but with the current makeup of Chicago’s roster, he’s no longer a perfect fit.
As Fischer noted, the additions of Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso pushed White down last offseason. And with the emergence this summer of Ayo Dosunmu as an Impact player, as well as veteran guard Goran Dragic signed by the Bulls, White’s role is in question.
“Coby White, the #7 of the 2019 draft, has had a checkered career marked by his own injuries and turnover in Chicago,” Fischer wrote. “The bulls have dangled White in trade talks dating back to the February close. Chicago has also been reviewing deals with White in addition to picking #18 in this June draft.”
Despite the smaller role, Weiß presented solid numbers last year. In 61 games played, White averaged 12.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 2.9 assists on 43.3% shots from the field and 38.5% shots from behind the three-point line.
As the bulls are unlikely to extend White anytime soon, they may be looking to trade him, and according to Fischer, they have been actively trying to do so over the course of the past few months.
Fischer revealed that bulls have been evaluating potential deals with White since this year’s trading deadline. Most recently, they tried to put him in a deal with the 18th pick in the 2022 NBA draft.
“Coby White, the 7th draft pick of the 2019 draft, has had a checkered career marked by his own injuries and fluctuations in Chicago,” said Fischer. “The bulls have dangled White in trade talks dating back to the February close. Chicago has also been reviewing deals with White in addition to picking #18 in this June draft.”
With some teams in the league looking to hit the reset button this summer, the Bulls could dangle White in exchange for Win Now checkers. And at just 22 years old, some young teams might be willing to give him a chance.