By R.L. Bynum
The Chicago Bulls on Wednesday exercised the fourth-year option on guard Coby White, extending his contract through the 2022–23 season.
White suffered a torn labrum during an offseason workout and isn’t expected to be available to play until mid-November. The team said he will be reevaluated in October.
White had shoulder surgery in early June.
“I’ve been productive, man,” White told Bleacher Nation. “I’m just focusing on the rehab. It’s getting better each and every day. I’m just trying to stay in the moment and just focus on the now, and just focus on getting better today.”
With the offseason acquisition of Lonzo Ball, White may be playing more at the off-guard.
White started in 54 of the 69 games he played last season, averaging 15.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 31.2 minutes per game, increasing his numbers from his rookie season for points (+1.9), rebounds (+0.6) and assists (+2.1).
White shot 41.6% from the floor, 36.9% from 3-point range and was sixth in the NBA in free-throw percentage at 90.1%.
White led the Bulls in scoring nine times, assists 22 times and his 53 double-digit scoring games were the third-most on the team.
In his one season at Carolina (2018–19), White averaged 16.1 points, 4.1 assists and 1.1 steals in 35 games.
Chicago also exercised its fourth-year option with forward Patrick Williams.