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RUMOR: Kris Dunn unlikely to be with Bulls by start of 2019-20 season

Kris Dunn, Bulls

Chicago Bulls point guard Kris Dunn has hit a snag in his young professional career.

The Bulls selected North Carolina point guard Coby White with the seventh overall pick in last June’s draft, further indicating that the 6-foot-4 Dunn could be heading out the door. Dunn is entering his fourth year in the NBA and third with the Bulls, who acquired him in 2017 as part of the Jimmy Butler deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

According to Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic, the Bulls have already given up on Dunn, making it unlikely for the young guard to return to the team in 2019-20.

I have no doubt the Bulls have given up on Kris Dunn, contrary to the team’s public stance. It’s been widely reported that they’ve explored trade opportunities for Dunn, and I’ll be surprised if Dunn still is on the team when media day arrives.

More importantly back on that July day, there seemed to be an “any-day-now” mentality, like Dunn’s side was just waiting on word when a trade would be finalized. I don’t see this situation finding a solution that involves Dunn remaining in Chicago. Too much has been said. Too much has been done. I give Dunn a 20 percent chance of being on the roster on opening night and a zero percent chance of being a Bull past the trade deadline.

Mayberry also adds that as he has observed during this offseason, there’s an obvious tension between Dunn, his agent and the Bulls management.

Dunn has tangible upside on the defensive end, but he has not exactly matched well with shooting guard Zach LaVine. Moreover, the Providence product has only appeared healthy in 98 games over two seasons for the Bulls, missing time with a concussion and later a sprained MCL.