Mike Dunleavy Reports To Hawks, Passes Physical

3:07pm: Dunleavy has passed his physical, officially completing the deal between the Cavs and Hawks, tweets Vivlamore.

JANUARY 10, 12:45pm: Dunleavy has formally reported to the Hawks to undergo his physical, tweets Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal Constitution.

JANUARY 9, 2:41pm: After a conversation with head coach Mike Budenholzer about his potential role in Atlanta, Mike Dunleavy Jr. has “made peace” with joining his new team, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical (via Twitter). According to Wojnarowski, Dunleavy will report to the Hawks on Tuesday.

Dunlevay, who was a part of the trade between the Hawks and Cavaliers that sent Kyle Korver to Cleveland, had been reluctant to report to Atlanta, preferring to negotiate a buyout that would allow him to join a contending team of his choice. On Thursday and Friday, when the Hawks and Cavs were still finalizing the deal, there were reports that Atlanta was seeking a third team to take on Dunleavy, perhaps signaling to the veteran sharpshooter that the Hawks didn’t really want him.

However, after the trade was announced, Budenholzer spoke enthusiastically about the role he envisioned for Dunleavy in Atlanta, and according to Wojnarowski (via Twitter), once the 36-year-old was convinced that Budenholzer and the Hawks wanted him, there was no more talk of a buyout. There is “significant respect” between Dunleavy and Budenholzer, per Wojnarowski.

Although the situation has been resolved for now, there’s no guarantee that Dunleavy will finish out the season in Atlanta. We’re still about a month and a half away from the trade deadline, and if Dunleavy plays well for his new team, it’s possible the Hawks will flip him to another contender. The Warriors and Rockets were among the clubs believed to be keeping an eye on the situation in case Dunleavy hit the open market.

In 23 games for the Cavs this season, Dunleavy averaged career-worst marks in PPG (4.6) and FG% (.400). His current contract will pay him a guaranteed $4.84MM salary this season, with a partial guarantee of $1.66MM on his 2017/18 salary ($5.18MM).

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10 thoughts on “Mike Dunleavy Reports To Hawks, Passes Physical

  1. Reflect

    They were way too nice to a guy who basically refused to do his job and violated his own contractual obligations.

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    • The article said the Hawks were trying to find a third-team 4 Dunleavy even before the trade was finalized. If you were the player what would you have thought? Why report? Only after a conversation with the GM he said okay they want me, I’ll report.

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      • Guys get bought out all the time. He was just waiting at home for the news.
        As a side note, I’m glad the Hawks are keeping him. My warriors were keeping an eye on him and I think he’s terrible so I’m glad that never happened.

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      • Reflect

        If I were dunleavy, I would report because that is what I agreed to do when I signed a contract to play in the NBA for millions of dollars.

        If he doesn’t like how things work he can go work at Lowe’s instead.

        I have no sympathy for people who willingly sign a multi million dollar contract and then try to bail on it without justification.

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          • Reflect

            No, I didn’t. A team wanting to trade a player is not a good excuse for that player to not do his job, that he contractually agreed to do. Trades are a part of NBA and they are included in the contract.

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  2. I see both sides

    As far he should report or he can go work at Lowes… Com’on man, most of our jobs are not moving us across the country on a moments notice. Causing us to leave our family’s, friends, home, way of life, and go to a place not as good without a serious raise and promotion. Not to mention the new place may not want you at all and cause you to repeat the process before feb 23rd. Ijs I get it.

    On the other side…. He knew there was a risk of trade when he signed.

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