DURHAM, N.C. -- Multiple sources indicated late Monday that former Duke standout and NBA veteran Mike Dunleavy has verbally committed to sign with the Chicago Bulls later this month. Dunleavy, a second team All-America in 2002 at Duke, is entering his 13th season in the league
ESPN.com first reported that Dunleavy narrowed his long list of suitors to five teams Monday and chose to take the Bulls' two-year offer worth $6 million. The deal can't be signed until after July 10, when the league's annual moratorium on signings and trades is lifted, but teams and players are allowed to enter into verbal agreements during the freeze.
Sources said Dunleavy also gave strong consideration to the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves after spending the past two seasons in Milwaukee.
Dunleavy averaged 10.5 points and 3.9 rebounds per game in almost 26 minutes for the Milwaukee Bucks last season. He also shot a career-best 42.8 percent from three-point range, tied for eighth-best in the NBA.
For his career, Dunleavy has averaged 11.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game, while shooting 44.4 percent from the field, 37.2 percent from three-point range and 80.0 percent from the foul line.
Dunleavy will be playing for his fourth franchise after previously playing for the Golden State Warriors, Indiana Pacers and Milwaukee Bucks.
Dunleavy joins former Duke players Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng on the Bulls roster. Chicago has a long history of Blue Devils on its roster from Tate Armstrong (1977-79), Gene Banks (1985-87), Elton Brand (1999-01), Boozer (2010-p), Deng (2004-p), Chris Duhon (2004-08), Jack Marin (1975-77), DeMarcus Nelson (2009) and Jason Williams (2002-03).
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