Less than a day into what was assumed to be a quite free agency period for the Chicago Bulls, Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting the Bulls are among the favorites to sign former Milwaukee Bucks forward Mike Dunleavy Jr. K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune has confirmed the report, adding that Dunleavy is interested in playing with Derrick Rose.
Told Dunleavy enticed by chance to play with DRose.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) July 1, 2013
The deal would be for 2 years at $3 million per year, which is basically the maximum amount the Bulls can give him with their mini mid-level exception.
Dunleavy would drastically bolster the Bulls wing rotation, which at the moment essentially consists of Jimmy Butler, Luol Deng and rookie Tony Snell, who figures to see little playing time under Tom Thibodeau. Dunleavy could theoretically allow Thibs to go small for stretches, if he so chooses.
Dunleavy played 75 games for the Bucks last season, averaging 14.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists per 36 minutes and shooting 42.8 percent from downtown.
Contracts can’t be signed until the NBA’s moratorium ends on July 10, but teams and players can reach agreements in principle any time from now until then.
UPDATE: Dunleavy has reportedly agreed to the deal in principle, per ESPN’s Marc Stein.
Mike Dunleavy has gone ahead and verbally committed to sign two-year, $6M deal with Bulls, according to sources with knowledge of the deal
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 2, 2013