The Chicago Bulls announced Tuesday Morning an MRI confirmed Kris Dunn’s MCL Sprain in his right knee.
Kris Dunn’s MRI confirmed the initial diagnosis of a medial collateral ligament sprain.
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) February 4, 2020
In last Friday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets, a falling Thaddeus Young collided with Dunn’s knee only 13 seconds into the game. Dunn exited the game, limped to the locker room, and did not return. On Saturday, he flew back to Chicago for a diagnosis from team doctors, who have now confirmed the initial sprain. According to the Bulls press release, Dunn will now be re-evaluated in two weeks after a period of “immobilization and physical therapy.”
With Dunn off the court this weekend, the Bulls gave up their top-two highest-scoring performances of the season, allowing the Nets to drop 133 points and the Raptors to score 129. Yikes.
All-Star break buys some time tho.
Not predicting either way. Just saying that’s different factor.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) February 4, 2020
While it’s unclear what his re-evaluation will bring in two weeks, it’s likely Dunn’s injury has taken him off the trading block. The Bulls haven’t been adamant about trading Dunn since this offseason, but with the 25-year-old set to be a restricted free agent this summer, combined with his newfound upside on the defensive end, the trade deadline felt like a possible opportunity for the Bulls to sell high.
All the Bulls can hope now is Dunn makes a quick recovery and can continue his recent play on both ends of the court. If Dunn can accomplish that, then it might very well be worth discussing an extension later this summer. Hey, having an elite defender who’s willing to guard the opponent’s cream of the crop never hurts, right?
Get well soon, Dunn.