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The Cleveland Cavaliers have strong free-agent interest in Chicago Bulls swingman Mike Dunleavy, according to league sources.

Sources told ESPN.com that Cleveland plans to pursue Dunleavy in free agency, which begins after midnight Tuesday, with Cavs star LeBron James foremost among the Dunleavy admirers in the organization.
But sources stressed this week that Dunleavy, much like Bulls restricted free agent Jimmy Butler, is likely to stay with Chicago.
http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13173723/lebron-james-cleveland-cavaliers-interested-mike-dunleavy-chicago-bulls
 

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A good backup plan if they can't talk Jesus out of retirement. It doesn't sound like he is going to be easy to acquire either though
 

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Cavs have 3.4 million mini MLE?
 

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Seemed like plenty of Bulls fans were annoyed that this guy was playing over McDermott over the course of last season, although he was clearly a better NBA basketball player.

If the Bulls are a "win now" team they should want him on their roster since he's a solid role player and was their best three point shooter last season.

If the Bulls are a "win later" team that is going to be handing out the development minutes to guys like McDermott, then who cares? Let him go to the Cavs or wherever .... our window is down the road.

If they resign him though, don't be surprised / angry if he actually plays a lot, especially if he's clearly better than McDermott again.
 

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Seemed like plenty of Bulls fans were annoyed that this guy was playing over McDermott over the course of last season, although he was clearly a better NBA basketball player.

If the Bulls are a "win now" team they should want him on their roster since he's a solid role player and was their best three point shooter last season.

If the Bulls are a "win later" team that is going to be handing out the development minutes to guys like McDermott, then who cares? Let him go to the Cavs or wherever .... our window is down the road.

If they resign him though, don't be surprised / angry if he actually plays a lot, especially if he's clearly better than McDermott again.

Well, the deal is done. It does seem pretty clear the FO believes that the team is still in win-now mode, probably for the next two seasons, at a minimum.

 

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Seemed like plenty of Bulls fans were annoyed that this guy was playing over McDermott over the course of last season, although he was clearly a better NBA basketball player.

If the Bulls are a "win now" team they should want him on their roster since he's a solid role player and was their best three point shooter last season.

If the Bulls are a "win later" team that is going to be handing out the development minutes to guys like McDermott, then who cares? Let him go to the Cavs or wherever .... our window is down the road.

If they resign him though, don't be surprised / angry if he actually plays a lot, especially if he's clearly better than McDermott again.
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Not crazy about this, though I'm sure it makes sense if you are convinced that our window is the next 2-3 seasons. Does anyone know if all three years are guaranteed?

I'm on the "Free Dougie McBuckets!" bandwagon (mostly to see if we have something there or if we should move on), personally. This probably doesn't bode well for that, but with Hoiberg in town who knows.
 

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Not crazy about this, though I'm sure it makes sense if you are convinced that our window is the next 2-3 seasons. Does anyone know if all three years are guaranteed?

I'm on the "Free Dougie McBuckets!" bandwagon (mostly to see if we have something there or if we should move on), personally. This probably doesn't bode well for that, but with Hoiberg in town who knows.

The third year is only partially guaranteed, per Woj, but the degree to which it is guaranteed has not yet been reported as far as I've seen.
 

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The third year is only partially guaranteed, per Woj, but the degree to which it is guaranteed has not yet been reported as far as I've seen.
I'm glad to hear Year 3 is only partial guaranteed. My first reaction to this deal was "we overpaid", and maybe in time it'll become clear that we did overpay, BUT...let's stop and think rationally for a moment:

-- We've been hearing for months about the cap going up significantly over the next 2-3 years. Guys are going to be signing deals that in the past would seem ludicrous. This is NBA inflation at work.

-- The Bulls' #1 rival at the moment, the Cavs, allegedly wanted to sign Dunleavy. This move keeps a good player while blocking a rival from gaining an asset.

-- The Bulls already lack veteran shooters as it is, and that type of player is essential for Hoiberg's system to work. Dunleavy's game is very well suited to Hoiberg's system so I think he continues to produce for us.

-- Dunleavy plays an old man game anyways so he's one of those guys who won't likely just fall off a cliff randomly like we've seen with Kirk Hinrich.

-- Bulls are already over the cap and not positioned for cap space anytime soon, so it's really Reinsdorf who suffers from this more than us. The word on the street is Reinsdorf has given the green light for luxury tax this season.

That being said, Dunleavy at $3M per year the past two seasons was alot more appealling and I was hoping he'd stay in the price range. But the impact of him getting this deal versus a deal that is a few M per year less, won't really affect things in a meaningful way, so I'm OK with it.
 

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^^^All very solid points and I think the Bulls made the correct decision on this one.
 

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I'm glad to hear Year 3 is only partial guaranteed. My first reaction to this deal was "we overpaid", and maybe in time it'll become clear that we did overpay, BUT...let's stop and think rationally for a moment:

-- We've been hearing for months about the cap going up significantly over the next 2-3 years. Guys are going to be signing deals that in the past would seem ludicrous. This is NBA inflation at work.

-- The Bulls' #1 rival at the moment, the Cavs, allegedly wanted to sign Dunleavy. This move keeps a good player while blocking a rival from gaining an asset.

-- The Bulls already lack veteran shooters as it is, and that type of player is essential for Hoiberg's system to work. Dunleavy's game is very well suited to Hoiberg's system so I think he continues to produce for us.

-- Dunleavy plays an old man game anyways so he's one of those guys who won't likely just fall off a cliff randomly like we've seen with Kirk Hinrich.

-- Bulls are already over the cap and not positioned for cap space anytime soon, so it's really Reinsdorf who suffers from this more than us. The word on the street is Reinsdorf has given the green light for luxury tax this season.

That being said, Dunleavy at $3M per year the past two seasons was alot more appealling and I was hoping he'd stay in the price range. But the impact of him getting this deal versus a deal that is a few M per year less, won't really affect things in a meaningful way, so I'm OK with it.

Yeah, pretty much this. The Bulls are not going to be players in free agency for the next couple of years, most likely. They might as well retain all the assets they can, particularly when this did not require cap space or an exception.
 

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That's right, a key part of this signing is that we had bird rights on Dunleavy and it didn't require an exception to get done. We still have our exception available to go out and possibly get a backup PG.
 
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