Is it possible that this former UNC basketball standout will be placed on the trade block during the upcoming NBA offseason?
The NBA offseason is often chaotic, to say the least, especially in recent memory.
Teams around the league haven’t been shy to make some eye-popping moves in order to make their rosters better. As organizations look for the right recipe for success, there’s only a handful of players who are likely deemed “untouchable” around the league.
According to recent reports, a former UNC basketball standout could be one of the many players who could have a new home by the end of the upcoming offseason.
In a recent article for Heavy.com, Sean Deveney reported that Coby White is expected to be placed on the trade block by his current team, the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls’ 2019 NBA Draft first-round pick seems to be expendable, given the team’s current guard depth.
Here’s what Deveney had to say regarding White’s future in Chicago:
Still, expect some changes with the Bulls this offseason. They hold the No. 18 pick in the NBA draft, which could be used as a trade chip or to add a young player to the bench. They have guard Coby White, too, who is expected to be on the trade block.
Deveney cites that changes are expected in Chicago, as the organization is coming off a disappointing end to the 2021-2022 season. With Zach LaVine possibly departing due to free agency, the franchise will have a lot of questions to answer over the next few months.
White should be a trade piece that draws a lot of interest from around the league. Given his age (still only 22-years-old) and potential, a team looking for a future franchise guard may take a chance on White in hopes of helping him develop his game even further.
Whether he’s traded to either move up in the draft or to add another player, White simply could be the “odd man out.” After acquiring Lonzo Ball last offseason, White was once again pushed to more of a reserve role, as a trade could help him find another opportunity to start moving forward.
In 195 games played, White has averaged 13.7 points per game while shooting just over 41 percent from the floor. Based on the recent reports, White will be a former UNC basketball player to keep an eye on as the offseason progresses.