NBA insider believes Bulls re-signing Coby White helps long-term

Former North Carolina standout Coby White could find a new home next season in the NBA, something that might benefit his career. But one NBA expert predicts that White will not only be in Chicago but could be a core piece moving forward.

Bulls beat writer K.C. Johnson wrote on the future of the Bulls, going with the idea that they will ‘run it back’ with the core, including White. He then breaks down the situation saying that White is an obvious choice to replace Lonzo Ball at point guard if he can’t return.

Here is what Johnson wrote on White’s situation:

With Ball possibly missing another full season and his career in jeopardy, re-signing White and having him handle starting point guard duties could have multiple positive effects on the roster.

It could keep one of the better 3-point shooters in the fold while also helping coach Billy Donovan play to his preferred, up-tempo style. Asked about his confidence in White as a starter the day after their play-in loss to the Miami Heat, Donovan said the following:

“He’s a lot more equipped, I’d say, today to be maybe in that role than he was a few years ago. So I’ve got a lot of confidence in Coby and just the way he’s gotten better. And he deserves all the credit. He’s the one who put all the work in.”

White has improved his ballhandling and decision-making while still possessing the ability to finish at the rim. He also grew defensively last season.

The Bulls absolutely must increase their 3-point attempts next season. Keeping White, and keeping him on the court more, will help.

After being a lottery pick by the Bulls in 2019 NBA draft, White has had an up-and-down career. He’s shown flashes of being a legit scorer in this league but also struggled when he got his chance being a point guard.

Either way, it sounds like White is going to be in for a nice payday come this offseason.

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