Coach Jim Boylen said Wednesday during an appearance on NBA TV that Dunn will enter the upcoming season as the Bulls' starting point guard.
Specifically, Boylen said he had his "first five set," with the coach naming Dunn, Zach LaVine, Otto Porter, Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter as the members of the team's top unit. Boylen's comments come as a surprise amid rumors of Dunn being on the trade block in the wake of the Bulls selecting another point guard (Coby White) with the seventh overall pick and then acquiring Tomas Satoransky. In spite of the endorsement he received, Dunn seems unlikely to stick in the starting five for the duration of 2019-20 and could be moved once the team feels White is ready to take on a larger role.
Dunn's role will likely be impacted by the Bulls selecting Coby White with the No. 7 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
Dunn's role with Chicago was openly questioned by the team's executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson last month. Now that the team has selected point guard Coby White with the No. 7 pick in the draft Dunn will likely forfeit his starting slot and come off the bench. Barring he gets moved before the season begins his fantasy value in all formats will take a hit from last year.
Executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson said following the lottery that the Bulls are "really solid" at the "2, 3, 4, 5 spots," Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic reports. Paxson went on to intimate that "We have not given up on [Dunn]. I think he has defensive abilities. But we have to get better at that position, there's absolutely no question in my mind."
These are poignant words from the Bulls' front office following the draft lottery, and it seems reasonable to assume Dunn might be on the move sooner than later. Next year, Dunn will be 25 years old and in his fourth year in the league. He's shown promise across the past two campaigns with the Bulls, improving his three-point stroke and assist-to-turnover ratio. In 2017-18, he ranked 2nd in the league in steal percentage (3.3%, 2.5 STL per 36 minutes). If Dunn indeed gets moved, his fantasy stock could increase, assuming he goes to a team that's in need of a starting point guard.
Dunn (back) is not expected to play Wednesday against the Sixers.
Dunn hasn't been on the floor since Mar. 23, and there's no reason for the Bulls to throw him back out there in what's ultimately a meaningless contest. Expect Ryan Arcidiacono to make another start at the point as the Bulls limp to the finish line.
Dunn (back) is doubtful for Tuesday's game against the Knicks.
Dunn has been held out of the last six contests due to a back strain, so there's very little hope that he'll return for the team's final matchup. His last chance to play this season will come Wednesday in Philadelphia.
Dunn (back) is out Saturday against the 76ers, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Dunn has been out over the past five games due to a strained back and time is running out for him to step onto the court again. The Bulls have just two more games after Saturday.
Dunn (back) is doubtful for Saturday's matchup against the 76ers.
Dunn is expected to miss a sixth straight contest while recovering from a mid-back strain. His next opportunity to play arrives Tuesday against the Knicks, and it marks the second-to-last game of the season.
Dunn (back) will not play Wednesday against the Wizards, NBC Sports Wizards reports.
Dunn was initially listed as doubtful, and he'll now miss his fifth straight game due to a back injury. Given how many players the Bulls have already shut down, it's entirely possible Dunn could remain out through the end of the season.
Dunn (back) is unlikely to play Wednesday against Washington.
Dunn has missed the last four games due to a back injury, and he appears on track to extend that streak to five after being handed a doubtful tag. The Bulls have given Walter Lemon, Ryan Arcidiacono and Shaquille Harrison a shot to start at point guard with Dunno on the shelf, so it remains to be seen who will take over ball-handling duties Wednesday night, assuming Dunn is officially ruled out at some point.
Dunn (back) will not play in Monday's game against the Knicks, Mike McGraw of the Chicago Daily Herald reports.
Dunn will miss his fourth straight game as he continues to deal with a back injury. His next opportunity to play will come Wednesday against the Wizards and he should be considered questionable for that game at this time.
Dunn (back) is out Saturday against the Raptors, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
A back issue will keep Dunn out for a third straight contest. Shaquille Harrison or Ryan Arcidiacono figure to draw the start at point guard.
Dunn (back) is out Wednesday against the Trail Blazers, Jamie Hudson of NBC Sports Northwest reports.
Dunn will miss a second straight contest. In his absence, Ryan Arcidiacono should draw another start.
Dunn (back) is out Tuesday against the Raptors.
As expected, Dunn will sit out Tuesday's game. The absence opens up time for Ryan Arcidiacono to see more run. Lauri Markkanen could also see more usage.
Dunn (back) is not expected to be available for Tuesday's game against Toronto.
Dunn apparently aggravated his sore back over the weekend and was unable to practice Monday, so the Bulls are expecting to be without their starting point guard Tuesday night. Assuming that's ultimately the case, Ryan Arcidiacono would likely fill the vacant spot in the starting lineup.
Dunn (back) will play Saturday against the Jazz, Mike McGraw of the Chicago Daily Herald reports.
As expected, Dunn will play through some back soreness. During the Bulls' most recent game, he dropped 26 points, 13 assists, six rebounds and two steals in 39 minutes.
Dunn (back) has been upgraded to probable for Saturday's game against Utah, Mike McGraw of the Chicago Daily Herald reports.
Although he didn't practice Friday, it looks increasingly likely that Dunn will play against the Jazz. In 45 games this season, the third-year guard's averaging 11.4 points, 6.0 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 30.4 minutes.
Dunn didn't practice Friday due to a mid-back strain, and he's questionable for Saturday's matchup against the Jazz, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Dunn seemingly picked up the injury during Wednesday's win over the Wizards, where he played 39 minutes and posted 26 points, 13 assists, six rebounds and two steals. More information regarding his availability for Saturday may arrive following the Bulls' morning shootaround.
Dunn finished with 26 points (10-24 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 3-5 FT), 13 assists, six rebounds and two steals across 39 minutes in the Bulls' win over the Wizards on Wednesday.
Dunn scored a season-high 26 points in Wednesday's win, accumulating a big double-double. Dunn produced his most assists since Jan. 4 and his second-most of the season. While the assist totals are encouraging, it's worth noting that Dunn has only it double-digit assists in a game three times this season.
Dunn (head) provided nine points (3-8 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, four assists and three steals in 31 minutes Wednesday in the Bulls' 109-107 win over the Grizzlies.
After sitting out Monday's loss to the Bucks with a migraine, Dunn stepped back into a starting role and played his normal allotment of minutes but once again underwhelmed outside of the defensive categories. The 24-year-old has now been held under 10 points in each of his last five games, which hasn't exactly helped his case for sticking around as the Bulls' starting point guard beyond this season. Barring a dramatic turnaround from Dunn over the final month and a half of the campaign, the Bulls may look to free agency, trade or the draft this summer for an upgrade at the position.
Dunn (head) will play and start in Wednesday's contest against Memphis, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
As expected, Dunn, who has been battling a migraine recently, will return to the starting lineup Wednesday after a one-game absence. It's assumed that the Providence product will be at full-strength and will likely see around his season average of 31.0 minutes of action Wednesday.
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