Dunleavy Unhappy With Trade to The Hawks


Dunleavy Unhappy With Trade to The Hawks

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On Saturday, the Cavaliers traded Mike Dunleavy Jr. and Mo Williams to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for wingman Kyle Korver. Unfortunately for Cleveland, the transition hasn’t been quite as smooth as they could have hoped.

League rules require that players “report to his new team and complete a physical” within 72 hours of a trade and, according to a report from ESPN,  Dunleavy has not done that. The veteran is apparently holding out for a buyout from the Hawks that would allow him to sign with another team. The Hawks are currently heading into a rebuilding phase and, at 36 years of age, Dunleavy want to spend his remaining seasons playing for a contender.

With Kyrie Irving nursing a hamstring injury and JR Smith missing 12-14 week with a broken thumb, Korver was supposed to help Cleveland out by proving some additional perimeter shooting. Unfortunately for the Cavs, their new acquisition can’t play in a game, or even watch from their bench, until Dunleavy reaches and agreement with Atlanta.

Dunleavy isn’t the first player to attempt something like this so for this year. Earlier in the season, Donatas Motiejunas pulled a no-show for his physical with Houston after they blocked him from signing a $35 million contract with the Brooklyn Nets.
Because Motiejunas was a restricted free agent, theoretically, the Rockets should have been able to match that offer and retain his services, but as Motiejunas’ agent, B.J. Armstrong, told Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle:  “We’re not going to show up. We’ll see what happens. We’ll see what the Rockets do.”
Houston eventual surrendered the rights to Motiejunas and he became an unrestricted free agent on Dec. 15. It now seems this tactic is catching on. Of course, while the strategy was successful, the 7 foot Lithuanian lost a ton of money in the process. Motiejunas is currently signed with the New Orleans Pelicans, playing on a single-season veteran minimum contract worth $1.1 million.
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