Bulls, Mike Dunleavy agree to two-year, $6M deal
BY MARK POTASH firstname.lastname@example.org
MIke Dunleavy (left), an 11-year NBA veteran from Duke, averaged 10.5 points in 26 minutes per game as the Bucks’ sixth man last season. | Wilfredo Lee-AP
The Bulls reached an agreement with free-agent shooting guard Mike Dunleavy Jr. on a two-year contract, an NBA source confirmed. The deal is worth about $6 million.
The 6-9, 230-pound Dunleavy, an 11-year NBA veteran from Duke, played the past two seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks. He averaged 10.5 points in 26 minutes per game as the Bucks’ sixth man last season. He shot 42 percent from three-point range (128-of-299) — eighth best in the NBA.
He effectively replaces Marco Belinelli, who averaged 9.6 points per game and shot 35.7 percent on three-point shots last season. As effective as Belinelli was for coach Tom Thibodeau, Dunleavy is considered an upgrade — a better shooter and more versatile, better at creating his own shot and more capable of giving Luol Deng a breather at small forward.
Dunleavy, 32, is one of the best available shooters in free agency. The opportunity for postseason success likely was a lure. He has been in the playoffs only twice in his NBA career, and lost in the first round both times — in 2010-11 with the Indiana Pacers and last season with the Bucks, when he averaged 12. 3 points per game (7-of-16 three-pointers) against the eventual champion Miami Heat.
Per NBA rules, the deal cannot be finalized until July 10.
Contributing: Joe Cowley