NY Knicks CAA Files: Restricted Free Agents Leon Rose might target

Kris Dunn of the Chicago Bulls (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Restricted free agents with CAA connections: Kris Dunn

Kris Dunn’s definitely the flashiest name on the list of restricted free agents with CAA connections. Dunn was drafted 5th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Dunn had a disappointing rookie season under the tutelage of Tom Thibodeau. He spent the season coming off the bench as Ricky Rubio’s backup, but averaged a paltry 3.8 points/game and 2.4 assists/game.

The 6-foot-3 point guard received somewhat of a break when the Timberwolves traded him to the Chicago Bulls in the Jimmy Butler deal. Dunn suffered several nagging injuries during his sophomore season, but had a much improved output when he did play, averaging 13.4 points/game, 6.0 assists/game and 2.0 steals/game. He started to showcase the defensive reputation that preceded him while at Providence during his college career. More injuries persisted during the 2018-19 season, limiting Dunn to just 46 games.

Dunn became an important cog to Jim Boylen’s defensive system in the 2019-20 season. Due to the guard depth on the roster, Dunn’s minutes decreased, but he continued to be one of the Bulls’ best defenders. However, an MCL sprain cut his season short in February.

The Connecticut native faced significant injury issues since the 2017-18 season. Additionally, his offensive repertoire leaves a lot to be desired. However, it’s undeniable that Dunn is a near elite defender.

It’s clear Dunn has accepted the fact that he may not live up to the “expectations” set when drafted with the 5th overall pick. No, he won’t be like Damian Lillard or other more elite and talented guards. However, the 26-year-old does have a role in this league as a defensive anchor at point guard.

Sure, Frank Ntilkina’s still on the roster, but Ntilikina’s ability to play multiple positions allows for the opportunity to pair both players together, even if it means both come off the bench.

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Dunn’s set to receive a $7.1 million qualifying offer. The Bulls could easily match any offer the Knicks make. There’s no harm in looking at Dunn as an option, especially if Elfrid Payton won’t remain on the team for the 2020-21 season.