Chicago Bulls in free agency: Coby White’s new multiyear deal is official

12 July 2023

The Chicago Bulls announced a multiyear deal Friday with guard Coby White as the team sticks with the core of its 2022-23 roster.

The deal was previously reported by ESPN as a three-year, $40 million contract.

The No. 7 pick in the 2019 draft, White has played all four years of his NBA career with the Bulls. He averaged 9.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists last season and has career averages of 12.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists.

White has been a major source of 3-point production for the Bulls, shooting 37.2% behind the arc last season. Despite posting career-low averages as he returned to the second unit, White made important growth last season on the ball with his ability to handle in the open court and set up plays for his teammates.

The Bulls front office identified re-signing White as one of its most important offseason priorities during exit interviews. Barring any trades, White’s new contract places 10 players from last season’s roster under contract for 2023-24.

Here are the other moves the Bulls have made so far in free agency.

Torrey Craig added to bulk up the frontcourt on a 2-year contract

The Bulls bulked up their frontcourt with the addition of free agent Torrey Craig, reportedly signing the forward to a 2-year contract Monday according to ESPN.

Craig is a versatile 6-foot-7 forward who averaged 7.4 points and 5.4 rebounds for the Phoenix Suns last season.

A seasoned player with six years experience, he has mostly come off the bench in his career, but logged critical playoff minutes for the Suns and Denver Nuggets the past five postseasons. Although he is not a prolific 3-point shooter, Craig shot 39.5% from behind the arc on 3.2 attempts per game last season.

The Bulls needed to add at least one more player to the frontcourt to absorb the loss of Derrick Jones Jr., who declined his player option last week. Although the team drafted Tennessee product Julian Phillips with the power forward position in mind, the front office made it clear the rookie will not be an immediate addition to the rotation.

Jevon Carter joins on a 3-year contract, while Patrick Beverley departs

The Bulls brought in their first new veteran player of the summer when NBA free agency opened Friday, signing guard Jevon Carter to a three-year deal, according to an ESPN report.

After two seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks, Carter hit free agency after declining his player option. He reportedly signed a $20 million contract with the Bulls.

Carter, 27, fills a variety of needs facing the Bulls roster this offseason. He’s a consistent contributor — logging 81 games last season — and brings a hardened edge to the perimeter that should mesh quickly with a Bulls defense that finished fifth in the league last year.

Most importantly, Carter could be a game changer as the Bulls attempt to break out of their position as the worst 3-point shooting team in the league. Carter shot 42.1% behind the arc last season and took 4.2 attempts per game off the bench — a number that would have placed him third on the Bulls.

This signing will be a homecoming for Carter, who graduated from Proviso East in 2018.

The addition of Carter essentially replaces another Chicagoan, veteran guard Patrick Beverley, who agreed to a one-year deal with the Philadelphia 76ers, ESPN reported Saturday.

Beverley, 34, averaged 5.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 22 games for the Bulls last season after signing off the waiver wire in February. The 76ers will be the Marshall alumnus’ sixth NBA team.

Andre Drummond exercises player option

Backup center Andre Drummond exercised his player option Thursday to return, bolstering the Bulls around the rim in a key secondary rotation position.

Drummond’s minutes were inconsistent in his first season as a Bull, sometimes sitting out as a coach’s decision for multiple games in a row only to log more than 20 minutes in a game the following week. But he made the most of his time on the court, averaging 6.6 rebounds and six points in 12.7 minutes.


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