Mike Dunleavy to Sign $6 Million Deal With the Chicago Bulls

by July 02, 2013

Free agent forward Mike Dunleavy is headed to the Windy City – the Chicago Bulls reached a two-year, $6 million agreement with the 32-year old Lil’ Dun. Per the Journal Sentinel: “Former Bucks coach Scott Skiles loved Dunleavy’s reliability off the bench and refused to start him because it took away too much firepower from the reserve unit. Dunleavy agreed to the contract on the first day of free agency, jumping at the chance to join one of the elite teams in the National Basketball Association. The Bulls are expected to be an improved team next season with the return of point guard Derrick Rose, who missed all of last season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury. Dunleavy has appeared in just nine playoff games in an 11-year NBA career, including four games with the Bucks at the end of the past season. He was one of the bright spots for Milwaukee in the playoffs even though the Bucks were swept in a first-round series by the eventual league champion Miami Heat. Dunleavy averaged 12.3 points and 4.0 rebounds against the Heat and finished the series with a 17-point effort in Game 4 in Milwaukee. It turned out to be his last game with the Bucks. The Bulls are using the mini-mid level exception to sign Dunleavy, the former Duke star and third overall pick (by Golden State) in the 2002 draft. Dunleavy shot a career-best 42.8% from beyond the arc for Milwaukee last season and averaged 10.5 points and 3.9 rebounds in 75 games.”