Bulls exercise contract options on Coby White, Patrick Williams

By exercising their rookie scale options, both players will be under contract with the Bulls for the 2022-23 season.

Associated Press

The Chicago Bulls have exercised the fourth-year option on guard Coby White (left), and third-year option on forward Patrick Williams.

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls exercised rookie scale contract options for the 2022-23 season on guard Coby White and forward Patrick Williams on Wednesday.

White, who had his fourth-year option exercised, averaged 15.1 points and 4.8 assists in his second NBA season. His status for the start of the upcoming season is in question after he had surgery on his left shoulder in June. The Bulls said at the time he was injured “while engaged in basketball activities away from the team.”

The Bulls picked up their third-year option on Williams, who averaged 9.2 points and 4.6 rebounds as a rookie. He was drafted with the No. 4 overall pick in 2020.

The Bulls finished 11th in the Eastern Conference at 31-41, two games behind Charlotte for the final tournament play-in spot and out of the postseason for the fourth straight year. Practices start next week.