The Chicago Bulls appear to have targeted their replacement for free agent guard Marco Belinelli.
According to a tweet from Marc Stein of ESPN, the Chicago Bulls have received a verbal commitment from free agent forward Mike Dunleavy, Jr.
Mike Dunleavy has gone ahead and verbally committed to sign two-year, $6M deal with Bulls, according to sources with knowledge of the deal
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 2, 2013
The addition of Dunleavy, Jr. makes complete sense for the Bulls.
Dunleavy, Jr. spent the 2013-2014 season with the Milwaukee Bucks. In 75 games with the Bucks last season, Dunleavy shot 42% from three-point range and averaged 10.5 points per game.
One thing is clear with the Bulls’ off-season plan. The team has realized the importance of three-point shooters. The Bulls drafted two shooters in the NBA Draft with Tony Snell and Erik Murphy. Dunleavy is another shooter for the Bulls and figures to replace the minutes that Belinelli played for the Bulls this past season.
It is interesting to note that the Bulls did not spend much effort in trying to re-sign Belinelli. Interesting, there has been speculation that the signing of Dunleavy, Jr may be an attempt of Bulls’ general manager Gar Forman to mend fences with point guard Derrick Rose.
Rose was close with recently departed assistant Ron Adams but shares that same agency as Dunleavy, Jr.
Free agent deals can not become official until July 10.