League sources indicated Thursday the Bucks will sign guard-forward Mike Dunleavy Jr. when contracts can officially be offered to free agents Friday.
The deal is expected to be for two years and in the $7.5 million range, meaning the Bucks are using some of their mid-level exception on the veteran, who is an unrestricted free agent.
Excellent addition for the Bucks at a cost-friendly price tag.
Mike Dunleavy is a very intelligent and skilled offensive player. He moves extremely well without the ball for a small forward. He is also a very good all-round passer. In particular, I love his post entry passes. Dunleavy has a beautiful shot and hit 40% from behind the arc last season for the second time in his career. He is a very efficient scorer.
Mike Dunleavy is also a solid rebounder for the small forward position and well above average when used as a two guard. Defensively, Dunleavy struggles for quickness at times but he is a smart defender who uses his length well and has a good understanding of the space around him. His coach will need to protect him from time to time against certain matchups though.
I think Mike Dunleavy is a wonderful fit in Milwaukee. His intelligence, offensive efficiency and team first attitude will be a lovely arrival in Milwaukee. Especially with two low efficiency gunners in that backcourt with Brandon Jennings and Stephen Jackson. Dunleavy will complement them well and also Delfino.
I expect Milwaukee to use Dunleavy as their primary backup small forward and get him at least 22-24 minutes a night but personally I hope they find a way to get him more court time than that because I very much enjoy watching Dunleavy play.
At times during the season when the Bucks are struggling for offense, as they have so many times over the past two years, I expect Dunleavy to be called into the starting lineup in place of Carlos Delfino to give the Bucks a boost.