The Cleveland Cavaliers may have missed out on Dwyane Wade, who will sign with the Chicago Bulls, but in order to create cap space to sign the All-Star, the Bulls had to clear space for him, which is where the wine and gold came in. Sunday night, the Cavs acquired forward Mike Dunleavy from the Bulls for one of their many trade exceptions, per The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski.
According to The Vertical's Bobby Marks, the Cavs will use part of the $9.6 million trade exception they had by trading Anderson Varejao during last season.
Last summer, Cavs point-forward LeBron James tried to recruit Dunleavy to come to Cleveland but the forward decided to re-sign with Chicago. A year later, James finally got his wish.
Due to a back injury, the 35-year-old only played in 31 games in 2015-16. In his injury-shortened season, Dunleavy averaged 7.2 points (lowest since his rookie season in 2002-03), 2.7 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game while shooting 41 percent from the field and 39.4 percent from beyond the arc. But, when he is healthy, the Duke University product is an above-average shooter from the outside. In his 14-year career, Dunleavy has averaged 11.5 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game while shooting 44.1 percent from the field and 37.6 percent from three-point range in 933 career games (583 starts).
According to WFNY's own Jacob Rosen, along with his $4.8 million that he will receive in 2016-17, Dunleavy's 2017-18 contract is guaranteed for $1,662,500. He will get the full $5.1 million if he is still on the roster after July 1, 2017.
While the Cavs may have helped one of their Eastern Conference foes sign a future Hall of Famer by allowing them to clear cap space, Dunleavy is a very good pickup for the wine and gold. With James and company, Cleveland can never have too many shooters, especially off the bench. The sharpshooter will bring plenty of scoring off the bench and will be able to space the floor for the second unit. The veteran is hungry for a championship ring and will provide a spark off the bench. In case you forgot, Richard Jefferson proved that those types of players are extremely valuable last season.