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Bulls bringing back Ayo Dosunmu on 3-year deal

Ayo will stay in Chicago for a while.

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Illinois legend Ayo Dosunmu is staying a Chicago Bull.

On Sunday, the Bulls announced they re-signed Dosunmu. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported earlier in the week it is a 3-year, $21 million deal.

The underperforming Bulls already have a boatload of guards, and they added Jevon Carter from the Bucks when negotiations started in early July.

Dosunmu was a restricted free agent this summer.

After exceeding expectations during his rookie season in 2021-22, Dosunmu took a step back in his second year with the Bulls. Even though he played in 80 games (51 starts), he only averaged 8.6 points, 2.6 assists, and 2.8 rebounds per game — all nearly identical from his breakout first season. Basically, there wasn’t a step forward.

And with so many guards and shooters on this team, it doesn’t seem like Ayo will be a top 5 (or even 6) option again for the Bulls next season.

Ayo will still be 23 when the season starts in October, so there’s still a lot of time for a productive NBA career.