Jan 2, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls small forward Mike Dunleavy (34) and Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (13) celebrate against the Boston Celtics during the 2nd half at the United Center. The Bulls won 94-82. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Rumors: Bulls’ Mike Dunleavy ‘high on Rockets’ wish list’


The Chicago Bulls seem to be entering some transitional phase as they dismantle their team. They traded Luol Deng away for financial relieve and draft picks and next up could be Mike Dunleavy.

The USA TODAY is reporting that the Rockets could be targeting Dunleavy.

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.

The hurdle for the Rockets is Dunleavy’s contract. It is a very appealing deal at $3 million a year while he is averaging 10.7 points per game. It will make prying him away from the Bulls difficult unless they can really sweeten the pot.

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