Will the Chicago Bulls trade Coby White before or during the 2022 NBA draft? The rumors are swirling.
After a 46-36 season that resulted in a first round playoff exit, the Chicago Bulls are expected to be aggressive yet again this off-season. Shelling out big-time money to Lonzo Ball, DeMar DeRozan, and Alex Caruso panned out well. With Zach LaVine’s pending free agency and his large contract waiting, the time is now for Chicago to go all-in.
Coby White could be packaged with picks
Currently slated at pick #18 in the upcoming draft, the Bulls don’t have anyone that stands out to them. With this in mind, they are looking to trade the pick in hopes of filling roster needs. This may come at the price of packaging a player with the pick. A name that has come up is point guard Coby White. Only 22-years old, White had a very productive 2021-2022 season including a career-best 38.5% shooting percentage from deep. He was a key bench piece last season and can get hot very quick.
White will be a restricted free agent after this upcoming season and will earn around $7.4 million in 2022-2023.
Selected 7th overall by the Bulls in 2019, White is a solid contributor on the offensive end. Furthermore, his defense improved last season. His name has been swirling in trade rumors since the trade deadline. With Alex Caruso, Lonzo Ball, and a rising star in Ayo Dosunmu, there is logjam for PG duties. However, without a viable reason, Chicago should not be so quick to ship White away. He played well alongside Dosunmu and those two can be an excellent duo on the second team.
These are merely rumors but they can transition into more. With the draft a week away, we’ll see what type of approach AK utilizes.
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