09/22/2021, 8:39 PM
Could return in mid-November
White underwent surgery on his shoulder in June, and while the team is yet to officially re-evaluate him -- that will happen sometime in October -- Johnson reports that the team is hopeful White will only miss the first month of the season. If he were to return on, say, November 15 against the Lakers, that would mean White would sit out the first 13 games of the season. Just what White's role might look like when he returns is perhaps the most interest question after the Bulls added both DeMar DeRozan and Lonzo Ball in free agency. White started 54 of his 69 appearances in 2020-21, but he'll almost certainly transition to more of a sixth-man role this season, backing up both starting guard spots (presumably occupied by Ball and Zach LaVine). Given the uncertainty, White is somewhat of a risky fantasy asset, though he should garner enough minutes to help managers in points, threes, assists and free throw percentage.