HoopsHype Mike Dunleavy rumors

April 12, 2014 Updates

Two West Coast groups based in L.A. had interest in becoming investors in the Bucks. One was headed by the agent Arn Tellem, the other included former Bucks executive and coach Mike Dunleavy. But a local group of investors is finalizing a deal to come in with owner Herb Kohl New York Daily News

April 10, 2014 Updates

Until becoming his teammate this season, Mike Dunleavy spent Joakim Noah's entire NBA career as a Central Division opponent. "I heard teammates say, 'I can't stand that guy,'" Dunleavy said. "I had a perception of him as a polarizing guy, one where teammates love him and opponents don't like him. A lot of it is because he plays so hard and a little because of his antics. "But I never really saw a reason to not like him. I just thought he always played hard and I didn't think anything about him was dirty. If a guy is dirty, then you have a reason to not like somebody. But because he claps or does whatever? I never looked at him in that light. I just respected how hard he played." Chicago Tribune

April 1, 2014 Updates

Last summer, Dunleavy cited winning and a chance at a championship as some of the reasoning behind him turning down more lucrative free-agent offers to sign with the Bulls. When Derrick Rose went down, championship chances seemingly did too. Winning didn't. "As a player you want to establish yourself, make some money to support your family but winning always has been such a big priority for me," Dunleavy said. "It has been very elusive. So I'm excited about having a winning record and taking this into the postseason." Chicago Tribune

March 22, 2014 Updates

Ex-Laker assistant GM Ronnie Lester, now in the Suns’ front office, knows Jackson from their L.A. days. And former Bucks and Clippers GM Mike Dunleavy is interested in the job. Lester and Dunleavy are not part of Jackson’s inner circle, but both have ties to him and are viewed as good fits for the position. New York Daily News

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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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