Category: The Off Season
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!, the Milwaukee Bucks have reached an agreement with Indiana Pacers 6-foot-9 swingman Mike Dunleavy Jr.
Free agent forward Mike Dunleavy will sign a two year, $7.5 million deal with the Milwaukee Bucks, league source tells Y! Sports.
Those of you who were Bucks fans during the early to mid-90s will remember how his father ran the organization straight into the ground. And those of you who were Bucks fans in the mid-to-late 80s will remember he also played for the team. Dunleavy Jr., 31, is said to be taking his father’s former number 10 jersey.
Dunleavy Jr. the basketball player is likely to fair better with Milwaukee than his father the general manager/coach.
After battling injuries the two seasons prior, Dunleavy shot 40.2% from behind the arc last season, the second highest percentage he’s posted from deep as a pro. He averaged 11.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.
That type of accuracy from three-point range surely appealed to the Bucks, who, outside of Carlos Delfino, are stacked with inconsistent three-point shooters. Despite his size, Dunleavy can occasionally slide over to the shooting guard position in addition to his typical home at the small forward spot. He’s not much defensively, but he’s a very smart player, one that meshes with Milwaukee’s off-season priority of adding players who can create and make plays for others.
The health concerns that come over with Dunleavy could be mitigated a bit with the short season and his likely role in reserve. He started 44 games for the Pacers last season and averaged 27.6 mpg.
Dunleavy played four and a half seasons for the Pacers after coming over from Golden State with Troy Murphy in a trade for Al Harrington and recent Bucks acquisition Stephen Jackson.
Prior to that, Dunleavy played four and a half seasons for the Warriors after being drafted third overall in the 2002 draft out of Duke.
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