NBA Rumor: Kris Dunn Free Agency

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Kris Dunn appears as the most appealing among them. The No. 5 overall pick in 2016 just finished his fourth season. His rookie contract has run out. The Bulls must make a decision on him this summer. His qualifying offer is for $7 million. I reached out to Darnell Mayberry, our Bulls expert, to ask whether he had the sense if Chicago’s newly hired front office would extend it to Dunn, making him a restricted free agent. “Probably,” Mayberry said. “Makes smart business sense.”

The Chicago Bulls have exercised the third-year option on Lauri Markkanen, and fourth-year options on guards Kris Dunn and Denzel Valentine. By exercising their options, all players will be under contract with the Bulls for the 2019-20 season. Markkanen came to the Bulls in a Draft-night trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves on June 22, 2017, in which his rights were acquired, along with Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine, in exchange for Jimmy Butler and the rights to the 16th selection in the 2017 NBA Draft. Markkanen was selected to the All-Rookie First Team last season after playing in 68 games (68 starts) and averaging 15.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 29.7 minutes per game.
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January 22, 2021 | 3:19 pm EST Update

Rockets acquire Kevin Porter

The Houston Rockets today announced they have acquired guard Kevin Porter Jr. from Cleveland in exchange for a protected second round pick. Porter (6-4, 203) was the 30th overall pick by the Cavaliers in the 2019 NBA Draft following his freshman season at USC. As a rookie last season, the 20-year-old appeared in 50 games with three starts while averaging 10.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 23.2 minutes per game.
“I think a lot of our 3s are assisted,” Alex Caruso said. “I don’t know what the numbers are on that, but I’d be willing (to think) that a lot of them are created from somebody drawing help and getting open shots. Just guys being open and shooting in rhythm — that’s part of what makes us a great team. “We have so many guys who get to that paint and draw attention and so many guys who complement and can stretch the floor. I’d say everybody but maybe (Montrezl Harrell) is stretching to (the) 3-point line — that plays minutes. At any given time, you’ve got four, five guys out there that can shoot 3s. That’s really hard to guard.”
Caldwell-Pope, for his part, has learned how to read where Davis and James are when they have the ball and when to move to ensure he remains in their line of passing vision. “I’m right on point when they’re either posting and then looking for the pass out,” Caldwell-Pope said. “Sometimes it’s just the flow of the game, finding those sweet spots. … Just moving and not staying still where they’ll be able to find me.”
January 22, 2021 | 2:43 pm EST Update