Wojnarowski: Milwaukee Bucks to sign Mike Dunleavy Jr.

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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14 Comments

  1. @Ted
    Certainly came out of left field, as the Bucks moves often seem to. That’s kind of a fun thing about them.

  2. @Brad
    Better to be a Bucks fan who sees the team make a small commitment to a potentially useful player than a Clippers fan who sees them blow cap flexibility on an aging Caron Butler.

  3. Do you think Hammond is going to make a trade of some sort too? It just seems like now they’re a bit too jammed up at SF and PG. And does this mean LRMAM is out? Or can they go over the cap without penalty because of Bird Rights?

    Does this mean Drew Gooden and Larry Sanders are going to be playing backup Center in addition to time at PF? Who’s starting at the 3 Delfino or Dunleavy or Harris?

    I feel like Hammond isn’t the GM that normally would want to have all these questions that need to be answered. I know it’s a short off-season but I just am not really sure where he’s trying to go with this lineup right now, and that is un Hammond-esque in my opinion.

    Sorry for the rant

  4. @Ted
    As you’ve made clear, there are certainly a number of questions that surround the team as presently constructed. I think things will be a lot more clear by Monday. The biggest immediate areas that appear to need addressing are Mbah a Moute’s situation and the backup C position. If they don’t sign a backup C, they’ll probably stick with the Brockman/Gooden/Ilyasova/Sanders quartet back there.

    As far as a trade goes, Woelfel just tweeted something about Keyon Dooling possibly being on the way out. Also, we don’t know the cap just yet, but I believe the Bucks will have some room to sign Mbah a Moute, even with the addition of Dunleavy.

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  6. @Justin Dunleavy at PF? idk man Dunleavy is already a bit of a defensive liability so havin him at PF would put even more pressure on Bogut to defend the paint and crash the boards. Maybe as a late game desperation 3 point lineup but I dont think Skiles would ever put him in that position. I could easily be wrong tho

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  8. @Ted

    I could see it in some niche lineups or situations, like when they’re facing the other teams small lineup or if the other team’s PF is offensively challenged. I just hope Dunleavy’s injury problems are behind him for the most part. I am not looking forward to an injury-riddled season like last year.

    And regarding Hammonds plans with the roster, he’s nicknamed Trader John for a reason…

  9. I’ve watched Mike workout for the last three months. His shot is almost perfect. He will have his best season ever with the Bucks. His heath is great and for the first time in his career he is injury free. In my humble opinion he will average 17 points a game. The Bucks got a real sleeper. Watch and enjoy Mike D. light it up for the Bucks.

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