Mike Dunleavy isn’t a big name, but the San Antonio Spurs are rumored to have interest in signing him.
The San Antonio Spurs have hours to go until NBA free agency kicks off at 12:01 a.m. ET on Saturday, July 1. They can’t sign anyone yet, but can talk with the available players. It’s somewhat of a “legal tampering” period for teams to talk before things can become official.
The Spurs were already linked to multiple free agents. This includes Andre Iguodala, who they have a meeting with, at the start of free agency.
Well, count another name that the front office will eye on Saturday morning. According to Sam Amico of AmicoHoops.net, the Spurs have interest in Mike Dunleavy. He was waived by the Atlanta Hawks on Friday.
“Dunleavy, 36, becomes an unrestricted free agent and is said to be drawing interest from the Minnesota Timberwolves, San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers.”
This isn’t the first spot-up shooter that San Antonio showed interest in. They have sights set on fellow former Hawk, Kyle Korver. He finished a half season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, assisting them in their run to the 2017 NBA Finals.
Dunleavy has played in the NBA since 2002, getting selected by the Golden State Warriors at No. 3 overall in the same year. He played four-plus seasons there, before moving to the Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls, Cavaliers and Hawks.
At this stage of Dunleavy’s career, he’s mostly a perimeter threat. In the 2016-17 season, 2.5 of his 4.2 shots per game were from beyond the arc. This is representative of the direction of the NBA and what value he’ll provide a team, whether it’s the Spurs or someone else; it’s a spot as the eighth or ninth man on a bench, backing up or being a third-string shooting guard. So there’s still a spot for him in the league, potentially on a contender.