1. Banking on a Coby White breakout
Rather than looking for a trade for a proven veteran asset, the most cost-effective plan of action from a financial and asset management standpoint would simply be developing someone internally to take the helm. Since Alex Caruso and Jevon Carter are known quantities at this point, banking on Coby White to finally leap into stardom might be Chicago’s best bet.
White had made several substantial improvements to various areas of his game over the last two seasons, most notably his defensive intensity, ball-handling abilities, and overall game awareness. If he can maintain these improvements (or better yet, improve further on them) and go back to the higher offensive load he had during his sophomore campaign, we could be on the precipice of a breakout year for Coby.
Coby White could be on the verge of a breakout if given the right role with the Bulls.
Other teams have found similar success implementing young guards back into the starting lineup once they’ve rounded out their overall games a bit more, notable cases being Tyrese Maxey in Philadelphia and Anfernee Simons in Portland. Perhaps allowing White’s star teammates to alleviate the pressure to produce in the starting lineup would make him a more efficient and overall more productive player.
At this point, I don’t believe the Bulls have much to lose by rolling the dice and seeing if he can rise to the occasion. Even if he fails, Caruso and Carter will still be there to brace for his crash landing back to the bench. I expect to see this trio battle it out for the starting position in training camp, and while I do believe the Bulls should grant the honor to whoever proves to be the best man, it won’t stop me from secretly hoping that Coby emerges from this dogpile victorious.