ESPN pitches trade with Bulls swapping guards with Suns

Coby White, Chicago Bulls (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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Laying out Bulls trade with Suns

The Phoenix Suns are facing questions of their own, with Chris Paul showing very real signs of age-related decline and every guard on the roster missing time due to injury at one point or another. They are likely to make some sort of move in the backcourt, and their need for a change could send some draft capital along with Cameron Payne back to the Bulls:

The contracts are close enough for both White and Payne that this deal could work without any added parts, and the Suns would then have White for the playoff push and have his restricted rights this summer. The Bulls would get two second-round picks and a serviceable backup in Payne.

Coby White has never found his full footing with the Bulls, especially when they signed Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso over him, and he is averaging career lows in minutes and scoring. Even so, he is a career 36.5 percent 3-point shooter with a microwave quality to his game, heating up quickly at times. He is a great fit as a bench guard who can come in and take shots, and while his minutes are down his 2-point percentage has gone up as he grows his game.