Bulls guard Coby White has tested positive for COVID-19 and won’t join the team on its two-game road trip to New York and Brooklyn, head coach Billy Donovan said today (Twitter link via Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic).
While Donovan didn’t say as much today, White will likely miss at least two or three more games due to his positive test. A player who contracts the coronavirus must sit out for at least 10 days or return two negative tests 24 hours apart before he’s cleared to return to action.
White’s 2021/22 debut was delayed as he recovered from offseason shoulder surgery. The 21-year-old has appeared in Chicago’s last nine games after missing the first 13, but has struggled to make an impact. He’s averaging just 6.1 PPG and 1.3 APG on .349/.226/.571 shooting in 17.6 minutes per contest and could be set back further by the effects of COVID-19.
Bulls center Nikola Vucevic also contracted the coronavirus this season and missed seven games. If White follows a similar timeline, he should be back in action before Christmas. Alex Caruso, Ayo Dosunmu, and Javonte Green are among the candidates for increased minutes with White sidelined.
The Bulls have resumed daily COVID-19 testing in the wake of White’s positive result, tweets K.C. Johnson of NBA Sports Chicago.