Bulls news: Chicago has not given up on Kris Dunn, but they know they need point guard upgrade
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Bulls have not given up on Kris Dunn, but they know they need point guard upgrade

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Chicago Bulls vice president of basketball operations John Paxson says while the franchise hasn’t given up on Kris Dunn, he knows the team needs an upgrade at the point guard spot.

Dunn just finished his second season with the Bulls. Chicago acquired him in the Jimmy Butler trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves in the summer of 2017:

The Bulls are widely expected to bring in a veteran point guard this summer to push Dunn. Names like Ricky Rubio, Patrick Beverley, Darren Collison and Derrick Rose have been mentioned.

Dunn played in 46 games this season. He averaged 11.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 6.0 assists per contest while shooting 42.5 percent from the field, 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 79.7 percent from the free-throw line. The 25-year-old recorded just two double-doubles on the season. The Bulls were 14-32 when Dunn was in the lineup.

There’s no doubt Dunn is a good defender, but his offensive game is very limited. Chicago has three players in its starting lineup in shooting guard Zach LaVine, small forward Otto Porter Jr. and power forward Lauri Markkanen who are high-level performers on offense. At times this season, Dunn was a liability for the Bulls.

In today’s NBA, your starting point guard can’t be the weak link on offense, and Chicago knows it can do better.