After talking with Atlanta president and coach Mike Budenholzer about his potential role, Mike Dunleavy Jr. has made peace with joining the Hawks and will report to the team for a physical Tuesday in Atlanta, league sources told The Vertical.
Once Dunleavy was convinced that Budenholzer wanted him, there was no more discussion of a contract buyout to become a free agent, sources said. Talks remained amicable between the two sides, which worked on the matter Monday.
After the deal was made, Dunleavy was unsure how sincere the Hawks were with using him the rest of the season and wasn’t planning to report to the team until Monday’s discussion with Budenholzer. Atlanta mainly wanted the first-round pick acquired in the deal.
Dunleavy is owed $4.8 million this season and
$1.5 million of his 2017-18 contract is guaranteed.
The Hawks were traveling to New York on Monday afternoon for a Tuesday night game against the Brooklyn Nets.
Over the weekend, Dunleavy, 36, had a telephone conversation with Hawks president and coach Mike Budenholzer and expressed his desire to play for a contending team, league sources told The Vertical. The Hawks have indicated to rival teams that they could soon be serious about moving Paul Millsap, but haven’t been aggressive in soliciting offers yet, league sources told The Vertical.
It remains unclear how far the Hawks will go in reshaping the roster, whether it will be a complete teardown or a more subtle retooling.
For now, the Hawks will get some potential contributions from Dunleavy, a 15-year veteran who has played for Golden State, Indiana, Milwaukee and Chicago. He’s averaged 11.4 points and 4.3 rebounds for his career.
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