The Chicago Bulls have made their first few moves of free agency already. On the first day of the NBA "legal tampering," period the Bulls were able to resign restricted free agent Coby White to a three year deal that could be worth up to $40 million.
The former all-rookie team member numbers were down from years past, as he averaged just 9.7 points and 2.8 assists in 74 games this past season. Despite the career low in scoring, White shot a career high 44.3% from the field, while shooting 37.2% from beyond the arc.
What I think really sealed this contract for White was his performance in the second play-in game agaisnt the Miami Heat. The former Tar Heel scored 14 points on 50% shooting in that game and made the last field goal for the Bulls with them up 90-87 with 3:47 left. Shortly after that the Bulls only scored one point on a Demar Derozan free throw for the rest of the game in the 11-point loss.
White has shown enough growth to earn this deal and with a larger role in the offense, I think White could be a vital piece moving forward for Chicago off of the bench. As one of the few good three-point shooters, it was a must that the Bulls hang onto White. Let's see if continuity will pay-off this time for Chicago.