Last month, there was a report that the Chicago Bulls could potentially be in the market for a new point guard as they were disappointed with Kris Dunn's offseason work or lack thereof.
The 24-year-old enjoyed a solid year with the Bulls after he was acquired in the trade that sent Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
They have always had high hopes for him and expected him to be working on his game this summer to continue to get better.
But a report by the Chicago Sun-Times claimed: "The Bulls coaching staff and front office have been less than impressed with Dunn’s early summer work habits so far, which is a far cry from the player they acquired from Minnesota."
Not what they expected
During his time in college and in his rookie season with the T-Wolves, the guard was known as a gym rat who would always spend his spare time working out.
Leading up to the draft, some thought the Bulls may have taken a point guard but the fact that they took center Wendell Carter Jr. shows that they're not willing to give up on Dunn.
General manager John Paxson dismissed the rumour but that wasn't enough for the Providence product as he publicly spoke out about the report for the first time and expressed his anger.
“I was definitely offended by it," he told Shannon Ryan of the Chicago Tribune. "My dad worked hard in life. My brothers and sisters and me (took) hard work very seriously. It is the only way to succeed.”
But the former number five overall pick says he won't allow the story to bother him and will continue to get better.
“You don’t get too caught up in it. You just keep doing what you do best," he said. "I know I work hard. I don’t have to prove it to anybody.
"I just have to show it on the court. I have no answers for (why the rumours originated). Whoever put it out there, that’s how they felt.
"Questioning my work ethic? That’s just (not valid). I work hard. If I’m not working, I’m around my family. Absolutely nothing (has changed about workouts or preparation).”
Dunn is likely to be a starter in Chicago next season and he'll look to build on his strong sophomore campaign where he averaged 13.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 6.0 assists, and two steals in just 52 games.
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