For the next month, the Chicago Bulls will be playing several games against playoff teams. It’s going to be a tough stretch before the 2022 NBA All Star Break.
But, this is what makes great teams. The Bulls continue to stick at number one in the Eastern Conference above the Brooklyn Nets, in large part because of how deep their roster is.
One particular reason why the Bulls have been on fire as of late is due to the resurgence of guard Coby White. The former lottery pick is playing the best basketball of his career, and he’s doing it off the bench.
While the Bulls’ chemistry looks as strong as ever before, though, would the team consider moving White at the trade deadline if the right deal presented itself? According to a new rumor, that’s exactly what Chicago could end up doing.
A rumor now suggests the Chicago Bulls have made Coby White available via trade.
Hoopshype columnist Michael Scotto wrote Wednesday that the Bulls are open to dealing White, should the right deal come to the table.
"“ Coby White is available for the right upgrade, according to rival executives.”"
The biggest rumor right now, regarding the Bulls and a possible trade, would be to go all-in on Detroit Pistons forward Jerami Grant. The 27-year-old is a do-it-all forward and would give the Bulls the perfect guy to replace Patrick Williams.
However, should the Bulls even consider such a deal?
First and foremost, White has proven to be such a big part of the Bulls’ success as of late. He’s young and could be part of this roster for years to come, the Chicago paid him. That’s the question, though.
With White playing so well, would he end up playing himself out of Chicago and into a nice chunk of change? The Bulls couldn’t afford to pay him as a starter, but other teams would.
Second, Williams should be coming back in the near future. He has the cast off and is shooting, therefore the Bulls may be looking at being full strength for the playoffs. With White playing excellent ball and Williams’ return, why sacrifice potentially two former lottery picks in those guys?
In addition, the Bulls would likely give up the Blazers’ protected pick in any deal, according to Scotto’s report. That could end up being a lot to go out and get Grant. The Bulls also have to think about extending Zach LaVine, which could be upwards of $40 million annually.
Trading White may not be in the cards, but it’s definitely interesting that they seem willing.