(670 The Score) The Bulls have retained wing Denzel Valentine after he signed his one-year, $4.7-million qualifying offer, the Athletic reported Saturday morning.
As expected, point guard Kris Dunn's time in Chicago is over. He has agreed to join the Hawks on a two-year, $10-million deal, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported, after the Bulls recently declined to extend a qualifying offer to him.
Valentine, 27, averaged 6.8 points and 2.1 rebounds in 36 games last season, when he was often in former coach Jim Boylen’s doghouse. Valentine gives the Bulls shooting and playmaking off the bench, while his defense is his weakness. He’s a career 36.6% 3-point shooter.
Dunn, 26, joined the Bulls as part of the draft night deal that sent All-Star wing Jimmy Butler to the Timberwolves in 2017. The Bulls’ hope was that he would become their point guard of the future, but that vision never panned out as Dunn struggled on the offensive end. Dunn shot 43.1% from the field and 31.0% from 3-point range in his three seasons in Chicago. He has always been a strong defender.
With Valentine back, the Bulls have 15 guaranteed contracts for their 15-man roster. They could still make a trade or waive a little-used player like center Cris Felicio or center Luke Kornet, but for the moment, they’re in line to return 13 of the same 15 players who comprised their roster at the end of last season.
The two new faces are forward Patrick Williams, whom the Bulls selected at No. 4 overall in the NBA Draft, and wing Garrett Temple, who agreed to a one-year, $5-million deal with the team Friday evening.
Cody Westerlund is a sports editor for 670TheScore.com and covers the Bulls. Follow him on Twitter @CodyWesterlund.