CHICAGO (BVM) – Ayo Dosunmu is reportedly unlikely to be back with the Chicago Bulls next season, according to 670 The Score. The Chicago native and former University of Illinois All-American is a restricted free agent who the Bulls have extended a qualifying offer to but Dosunmu “doesn’t believe he’ll be back either.”
After a stellar three-year career with the Illini in which he was a Bob Cousy Award winner (given annually to the top men’s collegiate point guard) and two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection, Dosunmu averaged 8.8 points and shot 37.6% from deep as a rookie to earn NBA All-Rookie second-team honors.
Ayo Dosunmu’s rookie season is overlooked. Screen navigation and corral-ability are masterful for a young guard. He had Trae in hell this game—also crossing him into another dimension. When given the reigns to playmake, he flashed real orchestration ability. 2nd year leap in CHI! pic.twitter.com/I4Cum8rUSN
— NBA University (@NBA_University) July 29, 2022
Unfortunately, Dosunmu underwent a bit of a sophomore slump as he was thrust into a bigger role last season. His scoring average (8.6) didn’t drop much but his 3-point percentage (31.2) did and so too did his assist percentage (16.5 to 13.2).
With fellow Bulls guard Coby White recently re-signed and former Milwaukee Bucks guard Jevon Carter brought in as a free agent, the Bulls’ backcourt is mighty crowded in addition to Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan and Alex Caruso.
Still searching for an offer sheet in late July, Dosunmu is one of the best NBA free agents teams can still sign. The only way Chicago loses Dosunmu, however, is if another team offers a bigger contract that the Bulls can’t or won’t match. There is also the possibility of a trade.
With that in mind, here are five possible landing spots for the 23-year-old Dosunmu.