Decisions on qualifying offers have been rolling in for the Chicago Bulls. After reportedly extending an offer to Denzel Valentine earlier, the club will not issue one to Kris Dunn, per K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago.
While fans knew the new administration was going to let most players walk without a qualifying offer, Dunn was still believed to be one of the more likely candidates to stick around. His high-level defensive ability made him an intriguing option to stay in Chicago given the lack of defense from elsewhere on the current roster, but Arturas Karinsovas and Marc Eversley thought otherwise.
Dunn has averaged 8.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game throughout his career. He also has not played a full season with the Bulls due to recurring stints on the injured list due to knee ailments.
Dunn was one of the return pieces of the Jimmy Butler trade that also netted Zach LaVine and Lauri Markkanen. Being the fifth overall pick in the 2016 draft, his skillset as a good defender and being decent in transition but lacking playmaking ability simply doesn’t live up to the expectations everyone had for Dunn.
If the Bulls had extended a qualifying offer to Dunn, it would have been for $7 million. The Bulls have another player on their roster with roughly the same traits in Shaquille Harrison, who would only cost the Bulls $1.7 million this year.
Kris Dunn will enter free agency. The Los Angeles Clippers are currently his most aggressive suitor.