The Chicago Bulls announced Thursday that guard Kobe White will be absent at least until the final stages of training camp after undergoing surgery to remove a left shoulder injury he received over the weekend.
The team said the injury occurred while White was “engaged in basketball activities away from the team”
The 21-year-old White came out of sophomore season up and down, averaging 15.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.8 assists, while shooting 41.8% of the field and 35.9% of the 3-point range. 69 games, including 54 starts, after almost coming off the bench as a rookie.
“This year has been up and down for him,” Bulls coach Billy Donovan told reporters in Chicago last month. “But I’ve always said that about him, he has great determination. He has resilience and great rebounding abilities. After the trade is over, I think he somehow found support and played really good basketball for us.”
After missing the playoffs, the Bulls will wait to keep their draft – which Chicago trades with the Orlando Magic in March as part of a deal for All-Star Center Nikola Vucevic. Chicago, which currently ranks eighth in the lottery, will keep its choice if it jumps to the top four in the lottery, which is scheduled for June 22. Chicago had the fourth choice in last year’s project, which used Patrick Williams, after having the seventh choice in the previous two years, when he took White (2019) and center Wendel Carter Jr. (2018).