The Chicago Bulls have gotten off to an incredibly fast start but that doesn’t mean their roster is set. Reports are they’re open to trading Coby White.
“If a deal presents itself where they can add a big man, I certainly think that’s something they have to consider given the size concerns for this roster,” said Johnson.
The Bulls, while 4-0 to start the season, have lost bigs from last year’s roster including Daniel Theis and 7-footer Lauri Markannen. Outside of Nikola Vucevic, the only player on the roster getting significant minutes at center is Alize Johnson, a 6-foot-8 power forward.
White has yet to play this year as he’s still recovering from a shoulder injury. He was the seventh pick in the 2019 draft and looked to be a big part of the Bulls’ rebuild, averaging 13.2 and 15.1 points per game in his first two years respectively.
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This year’s team has gotten considerably more guard-heavy with the offseason additions of Lonzo Ball, DeMar DeRozan, and Alex Caruso, along with the draft selection of Ayo Dosunmu.
Johnson, although he said there’s a possibility that White will be traded for a big, says that he could still be an important piece for the Bulls when he returns from injury.
“I think he’s still got a pretty big role because bench scoring has been a huge issue. I think the way Billy Donovan is coaching, he’s staggering DeRozan with the second unit. I think those two guys playing together could do some damage with that second unit,” said Johnson.