Kris Dunn agrees to two-year, $10 million deal with Atlanta
The Atlanta Hawks have reportedly signed free agent guard Kris Dunn to a two-year, $10-million deal, with a player option on the second year, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports.
Free agent guard Kris Dunn has agreed to a two-year, $10M deal with the Atlanta Hawks, sources tell ESPN. Player option on the second year.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 21, 2020
This is a solid signing by the Hawks. Atlanta gets a quality defensive guard that they can pair alongside star guard Trae Young, who, despite his impressive offensive repertoire, has some known deficiencies on the other side of the floor. Dunn has become one of the top perimeter defenders in the NBA. He should be able to cover Young’s defensive shortcomings on the perimeter.
Last season, Dunn saw a dip in playing time for the Bulls, averaging just around 25 minutes compared to nearly 30 minutes through his first two seasons with the franchise. In 51 games, including 32 starts, the former no. 5 overall pick turned in nightly numbers of 7.3 points, 3.6 assists, and 2.0 steals, while shooting a career-best 44.4 percent from the field.
Dunn has yet to develop a sound offensive game through his four-year career, lacking the ability to shoot consistently from the perimeter. Shooting has become a premium for most guards around the league. However, Dunn’s defense has made him a valuable role player in the NBA. Certainly, his defensive prowess will be a good addition to an offensive-minded team like Atlanta.
The Hawks were pretty active on day 1 of free agency and continue to be so on the second day. They landed quite a big fish, signing veteran forward Danilo Gallinari to a three-year, $61.5 million contract.
And it doesn’t seem like they are done. Several reports claim that Atlanta is in the driver’s seat to land free agent guard Bogdan Bogdanovic.
After finishing with the second worst record in the East last year, the Hawks are making a huge push to make the playoffs next season. These additions so far should be able to launch them into postseason contention.