Bulls shut down LaVine, Dunn for rest of season

CHICAGO — As expected, the Bulls have officially shut down guards Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn for the rest of the season with only five games remaining.

Both players have been sidelined since March 15 due to lingering ailments. LaVine is dealing with left knee tendinitis while Dunn has turf toe.

LaVine and Dunn were acquired by the Bulls last summer from the Minnesota Timberwolves in the Jimmy Butler trade.

LaVine played in 24 games after missing majority of the season recovering from left ACL surgery and the high-flyer averaged 16.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.0 assists, shooting 38.3 percent from the field and 34.1 percent from 3-point range.

Dunn, meanwhile, appeared in 52 games and compiled averages of 13.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 6.0 assists while shooting 42.9 percent from the field and 32.1 percent from beyond the arc.

“I’m excited about next year with those two guys for the fact that when we were playing our best stretch of basketball this season, Zach had come back,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg told reporters Monday. “He was playing about 20 minutes when he first got back. We won those first two games where we had him playing some of our best basketball. I wish we could’ve kept that going.

“As Zach’s minutes increased, we were playing so well and with so much confidence. Unfortunately that next game, Kris goes down [with the concussion]. We just weren’t able to see exactly what that would’ve looked like when we were playing our best basketball.

“When I go back and watch those games — the Miami game I just watched last week — it’s exciting and fun. We were playing a really good brand of basketball. That gives me a lot of hope for what’s to come. It’s going to take a lot of work in the offseason to get that chemistry right.”

LaVine, 23, will be a restricted free agent this summer.