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Report: Bulls sign Mike Dunleavy to two-year, $6 million contract

Jul 1, 2013, 8:14 PM EDT

Update: Marc Stein of ESPN:

Mike Dunleavy has never finished a season with a winning team.

He began 2006-07 with the Warriors, who finished 42-40, but he was traded mid-year to the 35-47 Pacers. Otherwise, he’s spent every season of his career entirely with a loser.

That could change soon.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

The Bulls went 45-37 last season, and that was without Derrick Rose. They’re likely to be even better once Rose returns, and despite his poor past team record, Dunleavy would help, too.

Obviously, Dunleavy isn’t the caliber of player who can singlehandedly turn a team into a winner, but I don’t think it’s complete coincidence he’s always played with losing teams. Dunleavy has sometimes been picked on defensively, and some rudimentary defensive metrics assign blame equally for all players on the court, which allows Dunleavy to hide his deficiency. He’s not the type of two-way player who winning teams typically give big minutes.

But Dunleavy is a skilled shooter, making a career-best 43 percent of his 3-pointers last season, and Chicago is clearly valuing shooting this offseason. After a year in which their offense stagnated at time, the Bulls drafted a pair of good shooters, New Mexico’s Tony Snell and Florida’s Erik Murphy, and Dunleavy would provide even more help.

As long as the Bulls plan to use him in a limited role – which I bet they do – this is really good value for them. And Dunleavy would appreciate finally playing for a winner, too.

  1. dolphindubs - Jul 1, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Underrated player. Good pick-up by the Bulls. Between them and Indiana signing CJ Watson and potentially Chris Copeland, those two teams are getting better.

  2. htownred34 - Jul 1, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Aww I really wanted him in Houston good back up for chandler

  3. 808raiderinparadise - Jul 1, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    They should have added a knee doctor

    • chicitybulls - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:49 AM

      Oh my gosh. You’re hysterical. You need your own 30 min comedy special on HBO or something. What’s even funnier though is the raiders QBs. Now that’s a joke.

  4. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    Good signing

  5. jerze2387 - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    would much rather have seen them re-sign nate or belinelli. Nate robinson and D.Rose in the same back court would have been fun to see.

  6. dsharpe8 - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    I actually like this move for my Bulls, but Gar Foreman is ego tripping with Thibodoux’a coaching staff. Excuse my spelling if I’m wrong.

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:24 AM

      F the spelling police!

  7. kb2408 - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    Pretty good signing. Mike can shoot the rock. I see him being on the court at crunch time, spotting up for open 3’s when D. Rose drives to the rim and the defense collapses on him.

  8. mcjon22 - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    *Luol Deng’s phone rings*
    “It’s Thibs.”
    “Oh hey. I’m excited about Dunlea-”
    “You’re still playing 44 minutes.”
    *Thibs hangs up*

  9. volkanyegin - Jul 2, 2013 at 6:37 AM

    Luol Deng, Jimmy Butler and Mike Dunleavy… If Thibs’ not thinking about using Dunleavy on shooting guard position, that would mean they’ll try to trade Deng

  10. chicitybulls - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Guess this means the end of Belinelli (hopefully not). Sure are stacking up on shooters. Thibs will make him a better defender. He’ll take him from poor to decent/serviceable. Heck, look what he did for Korver.

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