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John Paxson looks to improve Bulls’ PG position, but has not given up on Kris Dunn

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The Chicago Bulls will enter their second season under recently-extended coach Jim Boylen with plenty of questions to address. Among them, the direction they will head in with the point guard position, as Kris Dunn has had mixed results — though mostly negative as the team’s starting point man.

Vice President of Basketball Operations John Paxson insisted the organization hasn’t given up on Dunn, who was brought along with Zach LaVine during the Jimmy Butler trade in 2017.

“We have not given up on Kris,” Paxson told reporters after the season, according to Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic. “I think he has defensive abilities. But we have to get better at that position, there’s absolutely no question in my mind. “Kris is going to have opportunity because he’s under contract, but we understand as an organization that’s a position that if we’re to make a step in the right direction, that we’re going to have to address. No beating around the bush on that one.”

“Kris is going to have opportunity because he’s under contract, but we understand as an organization that’s a position that if we’re to make a step in the right direction, that we’re going to have to address. No beating around the bush on that one.”

Dunn thrived under Fred Hoiberg’s system, one that allowed him to push the pace and excel in transition, but has been slowed down by Boylen’s half-court style of play, one he has yet to master.

The Bulls will reportedly look at available point guards in the offseason, though by Paxson’s words, it’s likely there’s not very much faith in Dunn moving forward, unless he can prove so otherwise in training camp.