Bulls player preview: Mike Dunleavy Jr.

September, 25, 2013
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With training camp almost here, Nick Friedell previews every player on the Bulls roster.

DunleavyRob Grabowski/USA TODAY SportsThe Bulls hope Mike Dunleavy can sink some long-range shots this season.

Mike Dunleavy Jr.

Age: 33 | Pos.: SG | Salary: $3,183,000

Role for Bulls in 2013-14: Tom Thibodeau is hoping that Dunleavy can be the consistent long-range shooter the Bulls haven't had since Kyle Korver left last summer. Playing alongside Derrick Rose should give Dunleavy plenty of open looks and if he can knock them down the Bulls will be in good shape.

What happened this summer?: Dunleavy admitted that he had other offers over the summer to play for more money elsewhere but chose the Bulls in order to chase a championship. The Bulls feel as if they got a deal in Dunleavy, paying just about $6 million over two years.

"With [Rose] over the last two years, when healthy, they've had the best record in the league,” Dunleavy said. “It's kind of like the sky's the limit. I think it sounds like he's on pace to get back and be ready to go, and you add everybody else into the mix, I think we've got a good, deep team and we have high expectations for this season."

What does the future hold?: Dunleavy isn't the type of player who will be in the Bulls' long-term plans, he is a hired gun. His job is to knock down shots and provide a steady veteran presence off the bench. At 33, Dunleavy understands that this is the best chance he has ever had at contending for a championship.

Bottom line: Dunleavy was brought in here to knock down shots -- if he does that, all Bulls fans will be happy.

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Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009.

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