HoopsHype Mike Dunleavy rumors

February 5, 2014 Updates

This is more exception than rule in professional sports. Just ask Mike Dunleavy, who has joked he leads the league in playing for dysfunctional teams. On his fourth team in his 12th season, Dunleavy has appreciated plying his trade in an environment as serious as this one. "You have a lot of sensitive guys in this league," Dunleavy said. "You have to have the right group of guys to do (what we do). We have veterans here who have been through a lot and that sets the tone. "There's just a common respect among everybody in which guys get on each other and nobody takes it personally. Just kind of the next play, 'OK, I hear you.' Everybody checks their ego at the door. It's a good group to be a part of." Chicago Tribune

Noah agrees. "It's the character," he said. "It's all about how you deal with adversity. We've shown that when things get hot, some people quit or get frustrated with one another. The more the adversity, the more we show that we take our games to another level." Noah, of course, often serves as the emotional barometer. What makes that work is that the two-time All-Star doesn't place himself above criticism either, as long as it's directed toward improvement. "He's a passionate guy," Dunleavy said. "He can say stuff to us. We can say stuff back to him. It's all good." Chicago Tribune

After Tuesday night's victory over the Suns, the Bulls' forward claimed he hadn't heard that Kings center DeMarcus Cousins called him "a clown" late Monday night in Sacramento. The players' history dates to last season, when Cousins got ejected for elbowing Dunleavy, then with the Bucks, in the head. "He called me a clown?" Dunleavy said. "I would like to respond but clowns can't talk. So I'll mime or make him some animal balloons or something. Chicago Tribune

February 4, 2014 Updates

The DeMarcus Cousins/Mike Dunleavy lovefest continued tonight in Sacramento. Last season, the duo almost went to blows when Dunleavy went low on Cousins and the Kings big man retaliated moments later with an elbow to the head. Dunleavy was up to the same tricks tonight, pushing Cousins in the back on a fast break attempt and generally getting chippy with Sacramento’s $62-million man. “I would say yes,” Cousins responded when asked if it was tough to keep his cool in Monday’s chippy game. ”Like you said, it was a chippy game. It was a physical game. But we did a great job of keeping our composure in those moments and we came out with a big win.” Cowbell Kingdom

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A league executive offered this plausible reason for the Rockets’ interest in Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy: It gives them more flexibility at power forward without having to deal Omer Asik for one before the trade deadline. Dunleavy can either play stretch 4 or allow small forward Chandler Parsons to slide there; the presence of Dwight Howard allows the Rockets to get away with it defensively. That then allows Houston to wait to move Asik in a draft-related deal. Several GMs are fully expecting Dunleavy to be moved for a pick as the Bulls transition into full rebuild-for-next-season mode. Bleacher Report

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According to a person with knowledge of the Rockets' thinking, Chicago Bulls small forward Mike Dunleavy is high on their wish list as the deadline nears. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because a team's plans aren't typically discussed publicly. The Rockets haven't acted on this impulse just yet, as a person with knowledge of the Bulls' dealings said Houston has yet to call to discuss a possible deal. And while Chicago's trade of Luol Deng to Cleveland this week had rival executives wondering if the Bulls would now continue breaking up their band, Dunleavy – who signed as a free agent last summer – is held in extremely high regard by his current bosses and there will certainly be a hefty price to pay for anyone who comes calling. USA Today Sports

December 9, 2013 Updates

"This is going to sound crazy, but this season has been pleasant for me," Dunleavy said. "To be able to compete and have a chance every night and go into the game thinking you're going to win, it's a big change for me. I've been on some pretty dysfunctional teams. We do a lot of things well, particularly at the defensive end. We also usually rebound well. We have to shore up our 3-point defense. We've been in a lot of close games that could go either way. You can make those games up over the course of an 82-game season." Chicago Tribune

December 5, 2013 Updates

The NBA is back on SiriusXM! SiriusXM NBA Radio launches Monday, Dec. 9, on SiriusXM channel 217. Hosts on the channel will include former players and coaches, and the best analysts and play-by-play voices in the business, including Steve Kerr, Kenny Smith, Nancy Lieberman, Stacey King, Lionel Hollins, Mike Dunleavy Sr. and Sam Mitchell. Sirius XM

October 16, 2013 Updates

Former NBA basketball coach Mike Dunleavy Sr. is selling his luxury apartment in the Century City neighborhood of Los Angeles. It’s been a few years since Dunleavy last roamed the sidelines of Staples Center as head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers. Dunleavy presided over the team from 2003 until 2010, when he stepped down from his duties as head coach. He stayed on with the organization as general manager, but was let go at season’s end. Realtor

September 29, 2013 Updates

Sure, players have been pointing to the collective-bargaining agreement negotiated by former National Basketball Players Asso- ciation executive director Billy Hunter as hurting the free-agent market. But Dunleavy, 33, said money wasn’t the biggest priority at this stage of his career. ‘‘The ghost of Billy Hunter will be haunting us for a long time, but . . . I’ve done well financially, so I could make a decision on what would make me happy,’’ Dunleavy said. ‘‘At this point, it’s playing with a group like this, having a chance to win.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

August 13, 2013 Updates

Pippen especially liked the Bulls' acquisition of veteran swingman Mike Dunleavy Jr. Pippen played for Dunleavy's father, Mike Dunleavy Sr., during his time in Portland, and knows his son will bring a unique work ethic to this year's Bulls squad. "I think Mike Dunleavy was definitely a great pickup," Pippen said. "He’s a kid that I’ve been able to watch grow up in my years out in Portland. I know he’s a gym rat. And he’s definitely going to put in his time and do a great job for us this season." CSN Chicago

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Nick Friedell: Dunleavy on playing with Rose: "It was a big factor obviously." The pair did not speak during the recruiting process but shares same agency. Twitter @NickFriedell

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