With Dwyane Wade on his way to the Chicago, the Bulls now have to clear cap space. As it happens, the Cleveland Cavaliers may be benefit from the trade.
According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the Cavs are working on a deal to acquire guard Mike Dunleavy from the Bulls. Per ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Bucks are also trying to land Dunleavy.
The Bulls are in talks to send Mike Dunleavy to the Cavs, sources told ESPN— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 7, 2016
Cavs forward LeBron James actually tried to recruit Dunleavy to Cleveland last summer, but Dunleavy decided to re-sign with the Bulls. Last season, Dunleavy only played in 31 games due to a back injury. After returning, he averaged 7.2 points while shooting 39.4 percent from three.
If healthy, Dunleavy would be a great addition for the Cavs. He’s a bigger wing who can shoot and is solid on defense. He’s not going to lock down any opposing players, but he won’t compromise the defense in any major way. Additionally, he was two years left on a three-year deal slated to pay him $4.8 million next season. At this time, it’s unclear what the Cavs would give up to land Dunleavy.