WISCONSIN SPORTS BRIEFS: Dunleavy Jr. to sign with Bulls
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Bucks have lost their sixth man Mike Dunleavy to the Chicago Bulls. The 32-year-old veteran has reportedly committed to a two-year, six-million-dollar contract.
NBA free agents started negotiating deals yesterday, but they cannot sign them until July 10th. Dunleavy is trying to hook up with a winning organization, after playing just nine post-season games in his 11-year N-B-A career. The Bulls are expected to be a much-improved team next season, when Derrick Rose returns from a torn ACL knee ligament. The Bulls are reportedly using their mid-level exception to sign Dunleavy. He shot a career-high 43-percent from three-point range for Milwaukee last season, while averaging 10-and-a-half points off the bench with four rebounds. Dunleavy chose Milwaukee two years ago, after his father Mike Sr.was the Bucks’ coach and general manager in the 1990’s.
Brandon Jennings says he has unfinished business in Milwaukee -- and if the Bucks keep him, he hopes he can be quote, “The Man” of the team. Jennings is a restricted free agent. The Bucks say they hope to sign a long-term contract with him this month – and if they can’t, they vow to match any offer he gets in the free-agent market. The Bucks won matching rights by giving him a four-point-three million dollar qualifying offer for next season. Jennings tells ESPN he wants to do more for Milwaukee and the team. He says he wants to lead the Bucks past the first round of the playoffs, something they haven’t done since 2001. Jennings also says he wants to be Milwaukee’s first All-Star since Michael Redd in 2004. The Bucks’ new coach, Larry Drew, says he’s been in contact with Jennings several times.