Rob Schaefer: Arturas Karnisovas on Coby White’s recovery from shoulder injury: “He’s doing great. He’s recovering. He’s going through stages. Spirits are up.” Said going through recovery with team doctors, looking better every day.
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Chicago Bulls guard Coby White underwent successful surgery on his left shoulder by head team physician Dr. Brian Cole of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush on June 10 to repair damage from an injury sustained this past weekend while engaged in basketball activities away from the team. He will be re-evaluated in four months.
KC Johnson: Plenty of talk around the league already existed about the Bulls focusing on adding a guard this offseason. Coby White shoulder injury news—and the team release said he would be re-evaluated in 4 months, not that he for sure will be ready then—only will intensify that talk.
Kellan Olson: Zach LaVine (right ankle sprain) and Coby White (left cervical pain) are questionable for tonight’s game against the Suns. Garrett Temple (right hamstring strain) is doubtful. LaVine reaggravated the ankle on Monday. White did not play in that game and Temple only played 2 mins.
KC Johnson: Bulls say Coby White is available.
Mike McGraw: Coby White tweaked his back and didn’t practice today. #Bulls
KC Johnson: Coby White is wearing an ice bag on the left ankle he tweaked earlier this week. Said he has some swelling but plans to play Sunday.
KC Johnson: Coby White is indeed playing vs. Lakers. He had rolled an ankle earlier this week but it wasn’t serious and practiced the next day.
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October 18, 2021 | 7:16 pm EDT Update
The South East Melbourne Phoenix have opened the door for part-owner Dante Exum to join the roster, after the Australian Boomers star was waived by the Houston Rockets. “If and when Dante decides that the NBL is the right move for him, we of course will do whatever we can do to make that as easy for him as possible,” Phoenix GM Tommy Greer said via Newscorp.
Shams Charania: Sources: The Minnesota Timberwolves have picked up third-year rookie scale options on Anthony Edwards and Jaden McDaniels. Rookie option deadline is Nov. 1; Minnesota takes care of their two 2020 first-rounders (Edwards No. 1, McDaniels No. 28) before the season begins.
Ben Anderson: Joe Ingles said the whole @Utah Jazz roster celebrated Malik Fitts making the team. “Tall, athletic, can shoot the ball. Three pretty good things that an NBA player can have. He was like a little kid when he found out… which was exciting, it was a happy moment for our team.”
October 18, 2021 | 7:13 pm EDT Update
Phoenix now faces an uncertain future with Deandre Ayton. The franchise center is unhappy with the franchise’s consistent stance to his representatives that the organization simply didn’t foresee him as a max player — regardless of which of his peers in the 2018 NBA Draft class earned max deals this offseason, sources said.
Ayton, a key part of the Suns’ run to the 2021 NBA Finals, held firm on wanting a full, five-year, max contract — which would’ve been worth a guaranteed $172.5 million plus possible escalators — but talks never progressed to the Suns making a formal offer on a max deal ahead of Monday’s 6 p.m. ET deadline, sources told ESPN.
In recent weeks, Phoenix raised the concept of a shorter maximum contract deal — perhaps over three or four years instead of the full five years — but never formally made the offer or broached the idea again, sources said.