3 Utah Jazz free agent targets with ties to Lauri Markkanen

Max Strus of the Miami Heat and Lauri Markkanen of the Utah Jazz.
Max Strus of the Miami Heat and Lauri Markkanen of the Utah Jazz. /
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Utah Jazz target: Coby White of the Chicago Bulls.
Utah Jazz target: Coby White of the Chicago Bulls. /

Coby White

Adding Coby White to the roster could prove to be a bit tricky, as he will be a restricted free agent this offseason. However, if the Utah Jazz decide they really want him, they could attempt to overpay and price the Chicago Bulls out of re-signing him.

Chicago will have a chance to match, but if they decide they don’t want to pay as much as the Jazz are willing to, Utah will have a new point guard on their hands.

White and Lauri Markkanen played together in Chicago for a few years at the beginning of their careers, leading the charge amidst a Bulls rebuild that was never seen to fruition.

This year, White found a second gear toward the end of the season. Post-All-Star break, the Bulls point guard averaged 11.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game. More impressively, he shot 49.0% from the field and 41.3% from behind the three-point line.

As things stand, the Jazz don’t have a go-to starting point guard, so bringing White on board would give them a great option, especially considering he’s only 23 years old.

Sometimes, as seen with Markkanen, players need a new environment to become the best version of themselves. By bringing White out of Chicago, maybe the Jazz could help White realize that success.

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