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Report: Bulls making major changes with trade deadline approaching

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Chicago Bulls head coach Billy Donovan isn’t satisfied with how his team is starting games. In response to the situation, the tactician intends to slot in Tomas Satoransky and Thaddeus Young to replace Coby White and Wendell Carter Jr. in the starting lineup agains the Toronto Raptors on Sunday.

With the change, Donovan is hoping that his team can get over the hump and come out with stronger starts in their coming contests.

Via Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic:

“The first six minutes of games, if you look at the net rating and the numbers, we’ve been one of the worst teams in the league in that area,” Donovan said this week.

According to Mayberry, the Bulls own a minus-17.6 net rating with a starting lineup composed of White, Carter, Zach LaVine, Patrick Williams, and Lauri Markkanen. Their slow starts have been a hindrance for them all season and especially of late, with Chicago dropping to 16-20 and just out of the playoff picture.

Prior to the 2020-21 season, many expected White to make a big leap upon entering his sophomore campaign in the league. While there has been some improvement, the young guard has struggled at times to run the show while also playing poor defense. The former North Carolina talent is currently averaging 16.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 5.0 assists through 36 games played as a starter.

On the other hand, Carter has been a regular starter for the Bulls in his first two and a half seasons with the team. He recently missed time with an injury and has really struggled of late, leading to some frustration. He’s averaging 11.8 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 0.8 blocks through 25 appearances this season.

The Bulls are currently experimenting with their pieces and finding the best rotations in their lineup, with the trade deadline already looming around the corner. Young has been Chicago’s second-best player behind LaVine this season and is a potential trade piece, but Donovan wants to see how he performs as a starter before any moves are made.