The Coby White Decision, Alex Caruso Snubbed in Coaches Poll, Dalen Terry Minutes, and Other Bulls Bullets

The Chicago Bulls have an important decision to make with the regular season on the horizon …

  • All things considered, the road toward a White extension is probably filled with one too many potholes. While I’m sure the organization and his camp have done their due diligence, the future for both the Bulls and White remains too up in the air for any long-term commitment. Not only is a future role for him in Chicago in question, but so is his ability to become a more consistently reliable NBA player. Despite shooting a career-high from behind the arc last season, White has continuously struggled to show the level of efficient shot-making or two-way talent that typically earns an extension.
  • This doesn’t mean a deal can’t get done. There is still some incentive for both parties to consider a deal. For the Bulls, they don’t want to risk losing White’s scoring potential for nothing in restricted free agency next summer. As for White, any guaranteed money is good money. While there is a decent chance he could earn more cash next summer, this is a league overflowing with talent at the guard position (just look at the roster he’s currently on). After a rocky first three seasons in the league, he might want to take what he can get.
  • FWIW: I still don’t expect a deal to get done, and NBC Sports Chicago’s K.C. Johnson suggested the same. But it will still be something to keep an eye out for over the next handful of hours, as will White’s overall status within the organization as the season drags on.
  • The Alex Caruso disrespect is crazy. When 16 anonymous head coaches were polled by The Athletic about the best current defenders in the league, Caruso’s name failed to come up once. Now, considering these coaches were asked to for their version of the 2021-22 All-Defensive Teams, I can at least partially understand why the Bulls’ defensive anchor wasn’t mentioned. He only played about 41 games and didn’t appear on either the actual first or second team. With that said, however, eight other guards did receive a mention in this poll, including the Bulls’ Lonzo Ball. While I’m happy to at least see Ball get his flowers, I’m pretty dumbfounded by the fact that Caruso received zero acknowledgment.
  • I can’t wait to see what the rookie can do.
  • His minutes will be scarce to start the season, but all it could take is one injury or a couple of poor performances by a role player for Dalen Terry to find the floor. We all saw what he can offer in the preseason, especially for a coaching staff that wants to push the pace in transition and play with scrappy energy on the defensive end. Terry might still have a long way to go as a prospect, but he offers the kind of athleticism and beyond-his-years court vision that should make him a nice plug-and-play piece for a winning team.
  • Speaking of one way Terry might be able to find minutes, it will be important to watch how the Bulls plan to use Goran Dragic. They seem destined to play him somewhere around 20-25 minutes a night off the bench, but I can’t imagine that will be the plan every night. Plenty of rest days will be factored into the equation with the playoffs in mind, and perhaps some of those nights will be when Terry hears his name called.
  • Nevertheless, I don’t expect Dragic to rest on Thursday when he plays his former team. Let’s hope he provided his teammates with some insider secrets!
  • The Bulls first play the Bucks on Nov. 23rd.
  • The GOAT keeps winning over some big names.
  • ICYMI: I hopped on Stadium’s Points in the Paint podcast to talk all things Bulls. If you want some additional thoughts on things like Ball’s absence, Patrick William’s preseason, and this team’s playoff potential, give it a listen!
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  • Ohhhhh boyyyy …
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    Elias Schuster is the Lead Chicago Bulls writer at Bleacher Nation. He started with BN full-time in 2019 immediately after graduating from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign with a degree in Journalism (yes, he started with the Jim Boylen Era). Since joining, Elias has been the driving force behind Bulls and NBA content for both the site and social accounts. You can follow him on Twitter/X @Schuster_Elias.

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