Report: Mike Dunleavy to Re-Sign with Bulls


It looks like Duke alumnus Mike Dunleavy has made his choice. He has decided to turn down LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers to return to the Chicago Bulls according to a report by Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.

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The deal is worth 14.4 million over three years which is a boost from the two year six million dollar contract that Dunleavy was working on before. Dunleavy does not have to move anywhere and his place on the Bulls should be secure. He will once again be prowling the three point line, looking for the ball from Derek Rose or Pau Gasol.

Chicago will have a new coach this year, rookie NBA coach Fred Hoiberg. Hoiberg likes to run and always valued shooters at Iowa State. This may point to an increased role for Dunleavy. The Bulls are still looking to bring Jimmy Butler for the max restricted deal and hope to field the entire team from last year’s playoff run.

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Dunleavy is thirty-four and getting up there in basketball years, but as long as his shooting holds up he still can play in this league.

The other team hunting for Dunleavy, Cleveland, will still be looking for shooting early in this free agency period. Mike Miller has opted in to the final year of his contract, but JR Smith opted out. LeBron viewed Dunleavy as a way to fill that shooting need. That will not be happening now.

With Duke players finding new addresses through trades, Dunleavy joins Luol Deng as Duke players that signed with their current teams. Gerald Henderson and Mason Plumlee found a new home with the Portland Trail Blazers. The amount of names moving around show just how profound an impact that Duke has had on the NBA in the last few years.

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