Coby White’s Options for the Bulls

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Coby White’s Bulls Options Dissected

Coby White’s play has improved recently, suggesting that the Chicago Bulls could use him for an extended playoff run.

White’s contract status, on the other hand, casts some doubt on his future with the Bulls, particularly after this season.

White is in the third year of his rookie deal, making him eligible for a contract extension at the end of the season.

Given his age, three-point shooting ability, and 6-foot-5 frame, decent teams are likely to be interested in signing the high-volume scorer for a long-term role.

The Bulls will almost certainly be one of those teams, but can they justify paying between (dollar)12-18 million per year for a sixth man scorer when they already have Zach LaVine on a long-term deal?

While Nikola Vucevic’s contract expires in the same year as any White extension (2023), the Bulls are likely to keep Vucevic or sign another high-priced center, putting them in luxury tax territory.

With the assumption that the Bulls keep White for the season, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that the best course of action for them this summer is to trade the 21-year-old to a team salivating at the prospect of adding a potential 20-point scorer to the mix.

Whatever the return, keep in mind that a player with less than a year left on his contract is less likely to command a premium.

Perhaps the Bulls will decide that Ayo Dosunmu is ready to take over White’s minutes, making a limited White return more manageable.

Alternatively, the Bulls could take a similar approach to how they handled the Lauri Markkanen situation, allowing White to reach restricted free agency in 2023 and then trading him in a larger sign-and-trade that would likely net a higher return.

White would have cleared Poison Pill status, which is a salary cap implementation designed to discourage trades of extended players whose new contracts have yet to kick in, so the Bulls could give him an extension before the start of the 2022-2023 season and trade him after July 1 the following year, as White would have cleared Poison Pill status, which is a salary cap implementation created to discourage trades of extended players whose new contracts have yet to kick in.

The Bulls will be able to completely avoid restricted free agency and regain control of the situation this way…

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