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The Chicago Bulls' Kris Dunn (32) goes up for a dunk last season. Dunn's sub-par performance last season has the Bulls looking for other point guard options in the draft.

CHICAGO — John Paxson has publicly stated his desire to upgrade at point guard so often that Kris Dunn may have whiplash. It’s a guarantee at least one new point guard will be on the roster come training camp.

Whether that player arrives via Thursday’s NBA draft, in which the Bulls have the Nos. 7 and 38 picks, is unknown. The free-agent class at the position is deep.

Nevertheless, the blockbuster Anthony Davis trade between the Pelicans and Lakers means the No. 4 pick that long linked Darius Garland to the Lakers is now owned by the Pelicans. Given they also acquired Lonzo Ball from the Lakers in the deal and employ All-Star Jrue Holiday, Garland doesn’t project to be a Pelicans’ need.

Translated, the No. 4 pick is open for business. Whether the Bulls trade up or, more likely, stand pat, drafting a point guard is possible, if not likely. Not since the days of Derrick Rose’s dominance has the position felt secured.

No wonder the Bulls would have loved to have landed the No. 2 pick in last month’s draft lottery. Murray State point guard Ja Morant, widely assumed to be headed to the Grizzlies, projects to be a fit.

Nevertheless, here are other options that could interest the Bulls, with scouting reports culled from conversations with scouts and team executives:

Darius Garland, 6-2, 175 pounds, Vanderbilt

Surgery for a left meniscus injury limited Garland’s lone college season to five games. Nevertheless, his quickness, ballhandling and shooting ability will make him a high lottery pick in a weak draft.

Former Bull Bryce Drew, fired by Vanderbilt’s new athletic director in March, stopped by the Advocate Center recently. But the Bulls already knew Garland well from several in-person scouting trips.

Garland’s ability to change direction and create his own shot are traits most often first mentioned regarding his talent, which projects to strong isolation potential at the next level. Garland, the son of former NBA player Winston Garland, must improve his decision-making and strength and cut down on his turnovers to really shine.

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But he’ll be the second point guard selected behind Morant.

Coby White, 6-5, 190 pounds, North Carolina

White already knows the Bulls well. He has the same agent as Dunn and visited at a road game last season at Philadelphia.

White’s size — even without his colorful hairstyle — and speed stand out most. He’s drawing pre-draft comparisons to Kings point guard De’Aaron Fox.

That his position is listed with a slash or hyphen, as in point/shooting or point-shooting guard, in most mock drafts strikes to the heart of the question as to whether he’s a scorer or facilitator. But White answered that question quickly and emphatically at last month’s combine when asked what his position is: “I’m a point guard,” he said.

At North Carolina, White didn’t orchestrate many pick-and-roll actions, the primary staple of most NBA offenses. But White talked confidently of his ability in such situations, and most scouts agree his speed and decision-making project well at the next level.

“I’ve been working on my change of speed a lot in workouts lately,” White said last month at the combine.

Carsen Edwards, 6-0, 200 pounds, Purdue

This would be a second-round selection. And it wouldn’t solve the point guard facilitating issues as Edwards’ performance in the NCAA Tournament merely solidified his standing as a big-time shotmaker. But his fearlessness should translate, even as questions about his size linger. Jameer Nelson is a good comparison.

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