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Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 at 9:00 am  |  75 responses

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


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.”

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  • i_ball

    Solid pick up for the Bulls. I think they needed some more shooting and at 3 mill per year it’s a good price

  • Isabel Herron

    As i_ball responded I am dazzled that Mike Dunleavy isn’t worth more than $6 million in four years. Did you see this webpage http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/d/dunlemi02.html

  • Enigmatic

    Not bad. You knew the Bulls weren’t going to be able to go after a big name FA so this is a pretty good pick up.

    On another note, kinda crazy how this will mean Shane Battier will be the only starter from that 2001 Duke championship squad to have not played for the Bulls (Mike Dunleavy, Jay Williams, Chris Duhon and Carlos Boozer were the other starters).

  • OfftheWall87

    Basically a replacement for Bellinelli. They still need a creator to help D-Rose though.

  • pposse

    Bellinelli was a creator, Dunleavy is not a replacement just a 3 that can stretch the floor and hit threes at a very high percentage.

  • Stepfan Raiford

    Solid pick up. Smart player, tough as nails, but what about OJ or Jr Smith? Bulls need more athleticism besides D-rose.

  • OfftheWall87

    Bellinelli is a shooter more than anything. Dunleavy is a replacement. Nick Friedell, who covers the Bulls, said himself that this means that Bellinelli’s days in Chicago are likely done. Meaning he’s been replaced.

  • OfftheWall87

    OJ would fit perfectly with Rose. But he wouldn’t take $3 million a year. The Bulls can’t really get the guard they need to help Rose because of how much it would cost them.

  • pposse

    he’s done because we can’t afford him. Bellinelli was the rare guy on the Bulls that can create his own shot. Just check how many times he was given the ball at the end of games to make plays.

    Instead of paying Bellinelli and going deeper into the luxury tax we get Dunleavy and are banking on the continued development of Jimmy Butler.

  • OfftheWall87

    Who else were they going to give the ball to if not Nate Robinson? lol. Do you watch them play or do you just play with them on PlayStation?

  • OfftheWall87

    These are the only moves the Bulls can make until they find a way to get rid of Boozer. But none of these small moves will get them past Miami or Indiana if they find a point guard.

  • pposse

    Marco B is not a catch and shoot player if thats what you think. Dunleavy is pretty much just that a catch and shoot player offensively. Hence the reason Marco’s price tag will be higher.

  • OfftheWall87

    Don’t have to think. I’ve watched him play since he came into the league. Didn’t get many minutes in Golden State. With Chris Paul in New Orleans, he was a shooter who could dribble. But more shooter than anything else. The Bulls are LeBron’s Cavaliers. A lot of wins during the regular season. Great in the regular season when teams don’t have a lot of time to prepare. But when the postseason rolls around and a great defensive team can really focus in, the Bulls can’t win that kind of series. It becomes Rose and just some dudes who they hope can make shots. And in the 4th quarter, when Rose has been trying to carry them all game and is tired, put a guy like LeBron or Paul George on him and he won’t have enough in the tank to finish the game.

  • Mike Gilbert

    strongly disagree. The only piece the Bulls have been missing has been a good shooting guard. If Jimmy Butler continues his improvement than they will have plenty of offensive firepower.

  • OfftheWall87

    Nah. Butler’s improving but he’s not at the level right now to help Rose as much as he needs it.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    over the past 4 years, its clear the Bull don’t want anything to do with spending money on signing a playmaker to play alongside rose….mayo…j crawford, monta…all slipped through our hands, and we’ve learned the hard way by being cheap at that SG position for the past 4 years…..(Bellinelli, dunleavy, robinson)…we just want to develop butler and i feel this may explode in our face…

  • pposse

    but did you read one of Jimmy’s latest tweets??!

    Jimmy Butler ‏@mr_2eight128 Jun

    They say you can be great if you WANT… I NEED to be great!

    Can’t wait for next season when he gets to be back on the hardwood. This guy didn’t even play in like 44 games when he was a rookie. 2nd year he made huge strides and next year they will continue.

  • Mike Gilbert

    Since 2011 when the Bulls got handled by LeBron in the playoffs…Jimmy Butler has been added (he is like a 400% improvement over Keith Bogans), Luol Deng has improved (he’s made it to 2 all star games), and Joakim Noah has improved (he’s become a top 3 center. And Mike Dunleavy is huge for the bulls, like Mike Miller for the Heat. Marco isn’t nearly as good of a shooter and Korver can’t dribble. When you add in all of this, and Derrick Rose comes back with a jumpshot (as many reporters and Tim Hardaway have said he has now)…The Bulls are going to be fine. No doubt about it, the fight for the East between Miami, Indiana and Chicago is going to be more competitive than ever this year

  • OfftheWall87

    They should’ve gone after Mayo and Crawford in the summer of 2011 instead of picking up Rip after the Pistons let him go. They were saying they didn’t need anything. They’ll find out again next year in the playoffs.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    I feel for you guys. All of those players you just named would take so much stress off of Rose.

  • Mike Gilbert

    The Bulls were the best team in the league (regular season) with Keith Bogans at the 2…I think having Jimmy Butler will substantially help them

  • Mike Gilbert

    If Jimmy Butler comes back with a stronger jump shot and improved handling then it’s all over!! Plus I just can’t wait to see Rose come back. We’ve got enough to get past Miami! Having a deteriorating Wade helps too though…lol

  • OfftheWall87

    Bottom line, if they don’t get an athletic two guard who can create offense when Rose isn’t in the game or needs help against a team like Miami or Indiana in the postseason, they’re not getting to the Finals. And Butler isn’t that dude right now. He, like the rest of them, are finishers. Be objective for a second. Rose is going to be trying to carry them by himself again. At best, they may get 2 games from Miami. But they’re still not getting past them.

  • Mike Gilbert

    I don’t think you get it, the Bulls are over the cap…they can’t give more money then the mini MLE

  • Mike Gilbert

    Last year was only his second year in the league and he improved drastically. He showed a lot of good moves, such as step back Js but never put them together consistently. This dude is a gym rat; I’m excited to see if he’s improved enough to be the guy you think we need.

  • OfftheWall87

    Regular season. What did they get for it in the postseason? Butler is a huge improvement, but is it really that hard to be better than Keith Bogans? He’s a finisher. Catch and go to the basket. But they can’t isolate him. Can’t isolate Deng. Can’t isolate Dunleavy Jr. Rose is the only isolation player they have. Look at Miami with LeBron, Wade and Bosh. Look at Indiana with George and Hibbert. It’s proven. In today’s game, to win, you need more than 1 playmaker/scorer. OKC with Durant and Westbrook. San Antonio with Duncan and Parker. Golden State with Curry and Thompson. Clippers with CP3 and Crawford. Every top team has two guys who they can give the ball to and trust to score with or without a play being run for them. If anyone thinks that Jimmy Butler is that 2nd guy for the Bulls, they’re out of their minds. Compare Butler to those other number 2 guys I mentioned. No comparison.

  • OfftheWall87

    Being a gym rat is great. But if you think he’s going to outplay or match Wade or Hibbert in a Conference Finals series, you’re lost.

  • pposse

    you conveniently left out Boozer who had a pretty decent showing this past year in the playoffs and regular season..but okay

  • OfftheWall87

    Decent won’t be good enough. Can’t give him the ball and trust that he’ll score either. Nice pick and roll or pick and pop guy. But he made Chris Bosh look like Shaq at times in that Conference Finals series two seasons ago. Until he shows more, I’m not buying it. He needs to have a play ran for him just like the others besides Rose. Those number 2 guys I mentioned, outside of Crawford and maybe Thompsn, could be number 1 guys on other teams. Not Boozer.

  • Stepfan Raiford

    Is it a coaching thing or ownership being cheap? Or maybe a combination of the two? I know yall had a history of not spending money even when yall were winning titles, but Tibbs has this thing where he says “we have more than enough to win.” I understand you saying that against the Nets but when he said that against the Heat I was like Tibbs you dont have any players. Between Rose and Tibbs someone needs to talk to ownership and say we need a shooting guard. The Bulls and the Pacers have the formula to beat the Heat but they need more shot creators and athleticism IMO.

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    Solid pick up for the Bulls. No qualms with this one.

  • Fat Lever

    Kind of ironic considering you guys had MJ, the greatest SG of all time.

  • OfftheWall87

    Both Rose and Thibs have the same mindset. They both think they have enough. The only guy Rose recruited to play with him was Hinrich. Unless something’s changed, he won’t talk to Paxson or Reinsdorf about needing help. He’ll just go to work with who he has. I respect them believing in their squad but there’s no shame in admitting they don’t have enough. Especially when almost everyone else has seen it.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    To be fair Boozer played big this postseason. I think once Rose comes back healthy along with the continued development of Butler they will be a legit threat to finally reach the NBA Finals.

  • pposse

    we got bigs, everyone buys into team defense, and we got a top talent in the game, 2 more all stars, and hell maybe even a future all star in Butler, future being next year. We got enough.

  • Max

    Doesn’t matter if he will outplay Hibbert or not, Noah or Boozer will do so.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    i know, i know this…..but moves can be made…everyone should be expendable except rose and noah…boozer can be amnestied, if need be…but only for the right situation, i wouldn’t amnesty him unless we absolutely have to, no matter how he plays….i just feel some moves could have been made (trades or signing), and we just kinda sat back like “Nah, we got rose and we play great defense, so we’re good…”

  • Dev

    I was so pissed they let all them SGs go because even Afflalo or Jason Richardson coulda helped us. Reinsdorf is so damn cheap smh

  • LP @ThisisEther

    Rose knows they need another creator…..

  • Dev

    Give us a year or two, we’ll prolly get em. But being a UNC fan this irks me that most of the best Dukies of the past decade have played for us. Even Elton Brand

  • OfftheWall87

    I’ll take LeBron, Wade and Bosh over Rose, Butler and Boozer. Can’t underestimate the fact that all 3 of them are number 1 guys and capable of producing at that level. Wade, even at his diminished state, is still a 24 ppg player. Bosh, playing elsewhere, would go back to his 20 and 10 self. And I’ll also take Ray Allen and Mike Miller over Dunleavy Jr. If their defenses cancel each other out, I’m going with LeBron, Wade and Bosh to figure out how to score in big moments. Especially with LeBron knowing he’s on a completely different level than everyone else and has 2 straight spectacular seasons under his belt.

  • OfftheWall87

    I forgot about Richardson and Afflalo. Any of them would have been better than Rip.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    its the cap situation, but i think they can get around that to bring someone in…it maybe too late now, so we have to work with what we have…dunleavy, butler, deng, rose, hinrich… but that won’t get us past MIAMI….not even with an iffy Dwade, that still won’t get us past them….Bulls will beat everyone else tho…pacers, knicks easily, etc etc…

  • OfftheWall87

    When did he mention it?

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Don’t get me wrong I would take those 3 as well but at the same time I can’t sit here and say that the Bulls don’t have a snowballs chance in hell of winning.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    Why would he? so the media can tear him apart some more? he knows…but you have to be politically correct, and he’s not the type of guy to say “the team we have now sucks, we need another guy…” at least not publicly

    His brother came out and said it (after the trade deadline, this year or last year, cant remember), and rose had to release a statement saying those werent his thoughts…but cmon, his brother knows is and ROSE knows it…

  • LP @ThisisEther

    This saddens me.

  • Stepfan Raiford

    Dwade can’t keep getting his knee drained every season. Yall can beat them with 60% D-wade.

  • pposse

    even a %100 dwade (whatever that is) at 32 yrs of age will have legit problems with Jimmy Butler on him. To think that Wade will average 20ppg is a stretch under those conditions alone.

  • Mike Gilbert

    You’ll take LeBron , Wade and Bosh over Rose, Butler and Boozer…well duh but conveniently the Bulls also have Deng and Noah two allstars…

    Look, Obviously the Bulls don’t have a clear number 2 option guy which KILLS in the playoffs…but neither do the Pacers, why are you giving them so much credit? Rose is a better scorer than George, Hibbert is a slightly better scorer than Noah, Boozer and West our a wash Deng/Butler have the upper hand Stephenson/Hill…explain to me why the Pacers are not only better than the Bulls but clearly have a better shot against the Heat because I don’t get it

  • pposse

    2 year 6 million dollar deal..not over 4 years

  • ThaWindy

    So they get a role player. Which is important. We need guys who can either make shots consistently or make big shots in crucial moments. Of course you prefer both but hey… Looks like they might be trying to deal Deng???? I’m keeping my fingers crossed…

  • OfftheWall87

    Antawn Jamison and Jamaal Magloire also made All-Star teams…what’s your point?

    Rose would run into the same issue with Indiana that he would with Miami. Maybe more than he would with Miami because they have Roy Hibbert protecting the rim. Miami’s great on the perimeter defensively. Hibbert is a much better scorer than Joakim Noah, there’s no slightly there. Boozer is soft compared to David West. Extremely soft. If he had issues with Bosh two years ago, West would bully him easily. The Pacers are a balanced team, even more than the Heat are. If a team has a reputation for playing great defense (Pacers) and another team has a reputation for not being able to score enough (Bulls), I’m taking the Pacers. In the 4th quarter, George wouldn’t be the one whose spent time trying to will his team to a victory nearly by himself like Rose would. They played the Heat to a 7th game in the Conference Finals and may have won if they had a point guard who could run an offense. The Bulls would not give them a tougher series than Indiana did this season. You would have to believe that the Bulls on paper now are better than the Pacers were this season.

  • OfftheWall87

    He’d have to mention it in order for you to say that he knows they need another creator. Reggie and Derrick are two different men.

  • OfftheWall87

    The Pacers have more of a chance than the Bulls do.

  • OfftheWall87

    Joakim Noah will outplay Roy Hibbert? In what world? I’ll take Hibbert’s 17 and 10 he just averaged in the playoffs plus his presence defensively over Noah’s 11 and 10 and his defense.

  • Mike Gilbert

    The Bulls are better on paper than the Pacers were last season.

    Obviously both teams have phenomenal defenses. Both have game changing centers and premier perimeter defenders. Bulls were 1st in defensive rating in 10-11 and 2nd in 11-12. Pacer were 1st last year, so let’s call them a wash.

    Offensively, the Bulls have the edge, absolutely no doubt in my mind.

    PG.

    Rose is leagues ahead of George Hill, obviously. And don’t give me the argument “LeBron and George will shut down Rose in the playoffs when it matters.” OKAY. that happened in 3 years ago for a couple reasons.

    1. That was the Bulls first year together as a team. They’ve grown

    2. That was Thibs’ first year as a coach. He struggled getting the Bulls to run good offensive sets consistently. He’s improved

    3. The Bulls had KEITH BOGANS on the team. Mario Chalmers or Mike Miller could easily be hidden on him.

    If LeBron and Paul George guard Rose (which btw they wouldn’t until the second half of the 4th quarter) then someone, whether it be Mario Chalmers, Mike Miller or George Hill, will be guarding Jimmy Butler. I’m not implying that Jimmy Butler is close to the level of Dwyane Wade, but when he’s got a pg guarding him that is 3-4 inches shorter than him, he’s going to take advantage of it

    SG.

    Lance Stephenson and Jimmy Butler are both young, improving offensively and great defenders. I think Butler is better, but they are close enough to be a wash.

    SF.

    George is an rising star. Deng is great defensively and above average offensively. George is better, but it’s a lot closer than you think…I looked up their head to heads and in the last 5 matchups, George went 9-20, 4-14, 6-14, 14-25 and 2-12….I’m sure George will be even better next year, but Deng plays him as good as anyone in the league

    PF.

    David West and Carlos Boozer are a wash offensively, but West is a better defender. Luckily the Bulls great defense helps cover Boozer a bit, plus Taj Gibson who is a great defender has been getting more and more minutes every year. West gets the edge though

    C.

    Honestly Joakim Noah is better. When you just look at the numbers…
    JO: 11.9 ppg /11.1 rpg /4.0 apg /2.1 bpg / 1.2 spg at 48 FG%

    Hibbert:11.9/8.3/1.4/2.6/0.5 at 45 FG%

    please inform me how it is better to have Hibbert, because clearly Noah’s stats are superior.

    Bench.

    Bulls have the edge here. Kirk Hinrich, Taj Gibson, Mike Dunleavy,

    that’s better than CJ Watson, Gerald Green, Tyler Hansborouh

    UNLESS Danny Granger can stay healthy (I doubt it, his condition is degenerative). If he does and comes off the bench as a 6th man, that would be amazing for them.

    So here’s the on paper comparison. Please help me understand how the Pacers are so clearly a better team then the Bulls.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    I think they are neck and neck.

  • OfftheWall87

    Hibbert’s height advantage over Noah and his offensive skillset puts them ahead of the Bulls to me. The Bulls can’t score consistently in the post. Indiana has both perimeter and post scoring. More balanced squad to me.

  • OfftheWall87

    Typical Bulls fan here who doesn’t listen to reason. Almost as bad as Laker fans here. Derrick Rose is better than he was two seasons ago…but so are LeBron and George. He and Butler are the only improvements. Boozer is the same. Noah is the same. Gibson hasn’t really gotten better. Robinson will be leaving. They have no scoring punch currently on their bench. Hinrich, Gibson, Dunleavy, Mohammed, rookie Tony Snell who will have to prove himself to Thibs just to get on the floor at all, Teague…I see no one to be concerned about offensively. So all we have to look at is the starting 5. Indiana has a throwback starting 5 besides the PG position. A true SG, SF, PF and C. Until Rose’s teammates show that they can help him score against Indiana and Miami, I’m picking both of them over Chicago. David West will bully Boozer all over the floor. Boozer’s no tougher than he was two seasons ago. George is a star player headed for superstardom if he continues on the track he’s on. Rose is a top 5 PG. Butler is improving and better than Stephenson overall. But the difference is Hibbert, West and George. Probably the best frontcourt in the league. They’re just a more balanced team. More dimensions to their offense. For Chicago, it’s Rose and the other guys until they show something different. Rose in pick and roll with Boozer. Rose isolated and going to the basket. For Indiana, it’s George on the perimeter. West in the post or in pick and roll. Hibbert in the post. All certainties. The Bulls’ only certainty is give the ball to Rose and if he can’t score, hope the guy he passes to makes the shot. So there’s no way they can be seen as being better than the Pacers even with Rose returning and Butler improving. In the playoffs, the Pacers are better built to win. George has a better group around him than Rose does.

  • Mike Gilbert

    I mean you look at the numbers and clearly Noah is better than Hibbert. You look at the numbers and Boozer is nearly as good as good as West. You look at the numbers and Deng handles George every time they play.

    I don’t understand why you keep ignoring these facts and continue to say with no support that the Bulls are inferior.

    If we are just going by eye test, then I can say that in the 10-15 games before the Rose tore his ACL in 2012, they looked fantastic offensively. Not stagnant at all. They were neck and neck with Miami for the favorite in the East.

  • OfftheWall87

    lol What numbers are you looking at? Most recent numbers:
    Hibbert this postseason: 17 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks. Plus the many shots he altered.
    West this postseason: 16 points, 8 rebounds
    Noah: 11 and 10 on 10 shots, 2 blocks. He’s their defensive anchor, but not a go-to player on offense at all.
    Boozer: 16 and 10. Without Rose he had more opportunities. Last time he played with Rose in the playoffs, he averaged 13 and 10. Dude who was signed to be the 2nd option only scores 3 more points with Rose out? He should have been at 20 and 10 easily.
    Paul George averaged 19, 7 and 5 this past postseason. Deng hasn’t averaged 19 points a game in the playoffs since 2009-2010. And you’re here talking about how George isn’t that much better than he is. On what planet?

    Did you not read what I wrote? That’s called support for my opinion. Your support is you just like them. You said nothing with any substance. You’re here to cheer for your team. Noah is better than Hibbert to you because Noah plays for the team you like. George isn’t that much better than Deng because Deng plays for the team you like. Boozer and West are a wash because Boozer plays for the team you like. That doesn’t work here. The 10 to 15 games they played before Rose tore his ACL were regular season games. Their offense looked great in the regular season in 2010-2011 also and we all saw what happened in the playoffs. The regular season means nothing when the playoffs come around. The Bulls beat Miami 3 times during the regular season and lost 4-1 in the playoffs. So there’s that.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    We shall see next season my friend. Should be interesting if both teams are at full strength.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    I’d screenshot the text from Derrick, but i lost my phone…

    Cmon, he knows….everyone knows…We knew this when the heat beat them 4 straight in 2011….

  • LP @ThisisEther

    i wish i was as confident as you

  • OfftheWall87

    Which is why, after they lost, he went to Thibs, Paxson and Reinsdorf and said “I need help” so they waited late, watched Crawford, Mayo, Afflalo, Jason Richardson, and JR Smith go elsewhere and signed 33 year old Rip Hamilton after the Pistons let him go? Gotcha.

  • Enigmatic

    Also crazy considering the ultimate UNC player was also the Ultimate Bulls player.

  • Guest

    WTF are you talking about did YOU read what I wrote?

    JO: 11.9 ppg /11.1 rpg /4.0 apg /2.1 bpg / 1.2 spg at 48 FG%

    Hibbert:11.9/8.3/1.4/2.6/0.5 at 45 FG%

    Simple. Joakim Noah had better stats than Roy Hibbert this year

    Paul George’s FG% the last 5 times he has played the Bulls 41%

  • Mike Gilbert

    WTF are you talking about did YOU read what I wrote?

    JO: 11.9 ppg /11.1 rpg /4.0 apg /2.1 bpg / 1.2 spg at 48 FG%

    Hibbert:11.9/8.3/1.4/2.6/0.5 at 45 FG%

    Simple. Joakim Noah had better stats than Roy Hibbert this year

    Paul George’s FG% the last 5 times he has played the Bulls 41%

    These are the numbers I’m looking at.

  • OfftheWall87

    What you wrote doesn’t mean anything because regular season numbers are less important than postseason numbers. We’re talking about playoff matchups. You’re here bringing up regular season numbers trying to prove that Noah is better than Hibbert. Not working. Hibbert’s postseason numbers were better. You can’t seriously take more stock in regular season numbers over postseason numbers.

  • z

    The Cavs were the best team in the regular season for a few years as well. So what? Regular season “best teams” don’t win rings. Post season “best teams do”.

  • Mike Gilbert

    if we are only going to take into account post season matchups. I guess we will have to wait until the post season when (if) they play each other

  • OfftheWall87

    Looking forward to it bro.

  • Armando

    OK, but Duhon was mainly the 6th man during the season for that team.

  • Enigmatic

    I didn’t look up the stats, I just remembered seeing him play plenty for the team. Turns out he averaged more MPG than Boozer, who was a starter. So my bad.

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