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Report: Several teams going to go after Mike Dunleavy Jr.

May 20, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

Mike Dunleavy, Jeff Adrien AP

Anyone need a 6’9” floor-stretching forward who hit 44.2 percent of his threes last year?

A lot of teams could, which is why Mike Dunleavy Jr. is starting to draw some interest around the league, reports the Journal-Times.

Apparently, Dunleavy’s fine playoff showing after a quality regular-season performance has impressed some other NBA folks as well. I’m hearing several teams are keenly interested in signing the soon-to-be unrestricted free-agent.

Dunleavy is the kind of solid, professional role player a lot of teams could use. His main asset is his shooting, his ability to stretch the floor, but his all around game is nice, too. As a big off the bench, especially when paired with a penetrating point guard, he has value.

He made $3.75 million last season, which sounds about right. The Bucks may be able to keep him at that price, but Dunleavy will have options.

  1. steamedcrabs - May 20, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Seems like a good fit for the Bulls if they can land him

  2. dirtydrew - May 20, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    He is a poor player. Zero athletic ability, zero defense.

    • truthplainandsimple - May 20, 2013 at 10:11 AM

      He’s not a poor player. He’s certainly a specialty player, though. I think that some of this is teams following a trend with the stretch 3/4 hybrid player that can defend (see: Battier, D. Green, K. Leonard). Can he defend, though?

  3. genericcommenter - May 20, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    I was watching one of those ESPN discussion shows, and when one of the guys brought up Mike Dunleavy as a decent player, the 2 other panelists snickered. I think he’s one of those guys who is now underrated because he used to be overrated, if you know what I mean.

    • asimonetti88 - May 20, 2013 at 5:09 PM

      “I was watching one of those ESPN discussion shows”

      Well there’s your problem! 😀

      • genericcommenter - May 22, 2013 at 8:01 PM

        True. It really wasn’t intentional.

  4. sportsnut101 - May 20, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    He’s average player. He’s one step above luke Walton yea I would sign him but not for more then what he made last yr

    Bench player on a good team. N starter on a crappy team

    Would fit well on bulls bench next yr or even rockets bench

  5. anhdazman - May 20, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Playing for the Bucks is like given a life sentence in the NBA. You’re just hoping to get that parole hearing as a way out.

  6. caeser12 - May 20, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Anyone need a 6’10 shooter, who shoots 3’s, is deftly afraid of the paint, can not put the ball on the floor without looking at it, and has a signature move?

    Call James Dolan.

    And while you’re at it, ask him if he wants to sell.

  7. thechock305 - May 20, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    He would look great in a HEAT uniform next season to add more 3PT shooting towards our run at a THREE-PEAT.

    • mazblast - May 20, 2013 at 5:07 PM

      Perhaps your team should win this year before you think about a third title. It should never be a foregone conclusion until and unless David Stern makes it obvious who he wants to see win.

  8. derekczajkowski - May 20, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    If you want a decent three point shooter who needs to be spot up or coming off a screen he’s yours. He plays zero defense though. Hell score 10 the guy he’s guarding will score 20

  9. metalhead65 - May 20, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    he has 1 good season in the last 5 and for that he is going to be rewarded with a big contract? did anyone not watch him play while with the pacers? or better yet not watch him play since he was always injured while collecting a fat pay check? when he did play he was average at best offensively and could not guard anybody on defense.

  10. jjthesportsguy - May 21, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Yeah if you want to overpay for a guy who is on fire every 3rd game and can’t sniff a basket the other 2/3rds of this time go for it. He is an older Steve Novak, and any marginal defender can take him out of the game.

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