The Mike Dunleavy saga appears to be over... for now. The former Cleveland Cavaliers forward, acquired by the Atlanta Hawks as part of the Kyle Korver trade, was reportedly seeking a buyout from his new team. As of Monday afternoon, though, Dunleavy appears to be changing course.
Sources: After talking with Mike Budenholzer about role with Atlanta, Mike Dunleavy has made peace with joining Hawks. He'll report Tuesday.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) January 9, 2017
The big conversion on Dunleavy’s behalf was apparently as a result of some persuasion from Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer.
Sources: Once Dunleavy was convinced that Budenholzer wanted him, there was no more discussion of buyout. Significant respect between them.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) January 9, 2017
At this point, there is nothing official about this, though the reporting is extensive via multiple outlets. Dunleavy’s role moving forward remains up in the air, however, as it is unclear how the Hawks would plan to use the veteran in the midst of what could be a rebuilding proposition.
Taurean Prince and DeAndre Bembry look to be in line for additional playing time with Kyle Korver off the roster. With that said, Dunleavy appearing in the team’s rotation would be a monkey wrench to that effect and it will be interesting to monitor the situation moving forward.