Report: Bulls shut down Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn for rest of season

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Zach LaVine (knee) and Kris Dunn (toe) have missed the Bulls’ last nine games.

Those two aren’t returning this season.

Vincent Goodwill of NBC Sports Chicago:

LaVine will be restricted free agent this summer. Acquired from the Timberwolves in the Jimmy Butler trade while still recovering from a torn ACL, LaVine played just 24 games this season. He never reached or even neared peak form. The Bulls didn’t get a chance to learn much more about him or for him to develop. He’s an improved outside shooter and dangerous on fastbreaks, but his athleticism rarely shows on defense and in the halfcourt offense. There are also concerns about that athleticism given these injuries.

Dunn, also acquired in the Butler trade, improved significantly after a dismal rookie year in Minnesota. This is a sour note to end on.

Sitting LaVine and Dunn should help Chicago lose its final five games. Is this tanking? Impossible to say without know more about LaVine’s and Dunn’s medical evaluations. But the Bulls have already pushed the limit this season, so it’s not hard to believe they’d be overly cautious with LaVine and Dunn because doing so would carry the added benefit of improving draft position.