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Getty Fomer Bulls point guard Kris Dunn agreed to two-year contract with the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020.

The exodus is underway.

After the Chicago Bulls did not extend a qualifying offer to point guard Kris Dunn on Nov. 16, the 2016 fifth overall pick agreed to a two-year, $10 million deal with the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday, Adrian Wojnarowski reported.

“Dunn, 26, leaves the Bulls after three seasons. He has developed into one of the league’s best defenders, a talent that’ll make him a valuable addition to an offensive-minded Hawks team,” Wojnarowski added.

Dunn becomes the first of what could be several members of the 2019 Bulls with who the new regime will part ways with. After a 22-43 record a season ago, the adage “no one is safe” has echoed the Bulls’ media circles. The organization has already seen changes to all four levels of management.

Guard Shaquille Harrison was also not extended a qualifying offer this week and is available in free agency after a breakout season in 2019. The likelihood of the Bulls re-signing Harrison is low after the organization signed former Brooklyn Nets guard Garrett Temple late in the evening on Free Agent Friday.

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 Dunn & Harrison Developed into Elite Defenders with the Bulls

Over the past three seasons, Dunn played in 149 games, including 119 starts, averaging 10.4 points, 5.1 assists and 1.8 steals per game.

In his 51 games last season before suffering a knee injury, Dunn ranked second in steals per game last season (2.0) and had the highest steal percentage in the league (3.83%). Dunn received four first- and 23 second-team votes for the All-Defensive teams — the most points by a player not named to either team.

His improved defense shifted his focus away from scoring as Dunn averaged a career-low 7.3 points per game last season and shot 25.9% from three-point range.

Harrison led the NBA in steals per 36 minutes (2.1) and improved as a three-point shooter, converting 38.1% of his shots from beyond the arc in 2019-2020.

Signs of Change

GettyThe vision Artūras Karinšovas has for the Bulls is beginning to take form.

Both Dunn and Harrison’s releases are signs of new vice president of basketball operations Artūras Karnišovas’ vision of having two-way players and to rid the team of one-way specialists like Dunn and Harrison.

“I like high pace, moving the ball,” Karnišovas said in April after his hiring. “We were a very good passing team in Denver. It’s a very entertaining brand of basketball. I like multi-positional players. I like guys with high basketball IQ that play off each other, a read and react offense.”

Temple, a 10-year veteran, provides versatility and a veteran presence that exudes professionalism on a team where come Dec. 1 when practice starts, everyone will be expected to compete for their jobs.

The Bulls roster is currently full with 15 players under contract, however, there are still copious amounts of trade scenarios that could play out by mid-season that the new management is entertaining in their overhaul of the organization.

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I Don’t Really Get the Point of That Max Verstappen Annoyed With Red Bulls Bahrain GP Strategy

Max Verstappen scored 19 important points at the Bahrain Grand Prix. He finished P2 as Lewis Hamilton kept him at bay, finishing as the race winner. A late retirement from Sergio Perez allowed Alex Albon to claim his second podium of the season.

Red Bull has both their drivers on the podium after a really long time. The drivers were asked some questions at the post-race press conference. Max Verstappen was questioned about his pace during the race and his racing strategy.

Verstappen admitted that the pace was not bad. However, he criticized the strategy during the race. He said, “I think we were trying to keep the pressure on, y’know, but I think we didn’t do a good job with the strategy today. We had the tyres to be more aggressive and we didn’t do it.”

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – November 29, 2020 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton allows second placed Red Bull’s Max Verstappen to hold the trophy while on the podium after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon Max Verstappen lost out because of a slow pit stop

During the first pit stop, Lewis Hamilton pulled in Verstappen. He believes that it should have been the other way around. He had the hard tires on and gained on Hamilton. However, a slow pit stop really hurt his chances of taking on Lewis Hamilton.

He said, “of course then my second stop wasn’t good. I don’t know exactly what happened there but we’ll look into that – so then you are even further behind but we were always like four seconds behind and with whatever we did wrong today, that’s just very costly.”

“I don’t think we had the better pace but we could have done a better job with putting them a bit more under pressure and, yeah, we didn’t do it”

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – November 29, 2020 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during a press conference after the race FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Verstappen had a third pit stop to try to go for the fastest lap. He did manage that extra championship point. However, he said, “basically after the red flag and the Safety Car the three-stop was a no-go and we still did it, so I don’t really get the point of that.”

Max Verstappen has made it clear that he has nothing to lose and is not afraid of losing. Going ahead, he will not be conservative. It is certain that the Dutch will fully send it in the remaining races of the season and take the fight to the Silver Arrows.

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