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Bulls guard Coby White has shoulder surgery, could miss start of next season

White is expected to be re-evaluated in four months after having a procedure on his left shoulder.

Chicago Bulls v Brooklyn Nets
Coby White of the Chicago Bulls dribbles during the first half against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on May 15, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.
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The Chicago Bulls could be without one of their key young players entering the 2021-22 NBA season.

The team announced guard Coby White underwent shoulder surgery after sustaining the injury during “basketball related activities”. White is expected to be re-evaluated in four months. According to Tim Bontemps, this would mean he is expected to miss training camp which starts Sept. 28. The 2021-22 NBA regular season will begin Oct. 19.

White averaged 15.1 points and 4.8 assists per game in 69 contests with the Bulls, starting 54 games. He is expected to be a major part of the team’s plans going forward as the Bulls look to make the playoffs after a four-year absence. With Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic expected to shoulder most of the team’s production, White could’ve served a capable third option.

He improved offensively but also regressed defensively in his second season and his skills as a point guard are still in question. The Bulls have not shied away from saying they’re exploring the market for a point guard, meaning White could move into more of an off-ball role. He’ll have to improve from the perimeter to make the change a success if the Bulls decide to go that route.

If White misses more time, expect LaVine to take over as the lead ball-handler. The Bulls may also add point guard help during the offseason if they don’t bring Tomas Satoransky back.