Chicago Bulls reportedly made pre-NBA Draft promise

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The Chicago Bulls have reportedly already made a promise with regard to the No. 7 pick.

Last year, prior to the 2018 NBA Draft, reports started to emerge that the Chicago Bulls has made a pre-draft promise. Specifically, that they had promised to select Chandler Hutchison with the No. 22 overall pick.

Some speculated it was because of a prior relationship between owner Jerry Reinsdorf and Hutchison’s agent. Those who dismissed the rumor as nothing more than a rumor did so at their own risk. That’s because with the No. 22 pick the Bulls selected — you guessed it — Chandler Hutchison.

Fast forward to present day and surprise, surprise there is a rumor that the Bulls have made a promise to draft a particular player at No. 7, assuming he’s still available.

That player is point guard Coby White out of the University of North Carolina.

The Bulls are obviously looking to upgrade at the point guard position. They’ve been linked to having interest in free agents Patrick Beverly and Malcolm Brogdon. However, they also appear to have their sights set on a younger, longer-term option in White.

Again, fans can summarily dismiss the rumor as baseless, but given their history, that would be unwise.

So what kind of player would they be getting in White? He had a pretty good year as a freshman at UNC, averaging 16 points per game to go along with 4 assists before declaring for the draft.

He’s definitely more potent offensively than current Bulls point guard Kris Dunn and can clearly score. He’s a very solid shooter and can get his own shot most of the time. While he can break you down off the dribble, he’s been described as having a tendency to make poor decisions.

White stands just a shade under 6-foot-5, and due to his lack of length, can struggle on the defensive end. His poor decision making and shaky defense certainly won’t play well with Boylen and his expectations.

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However, if the rumors are true that the Bulls have promised to make him the pick, then they’ll have to iron those weaknesses out pretty quickly. This alleged promise has all the stench of overreaching for a player at a position of need, which almost never pays off. We shall see.