Update 3:30 p.m.: According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Dunleavy has spoken directly with Mike Budenholzer about his role with the Hawks and has agreed to join the team on Tuesday.
Kyle Korver is already traveling with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He’s getting acclimated with his new teammates. He may even participate in Tuesday’s shootaround prior to the team’s game against the Utah Jazz. When he gets to suit up, however, is up to Mike Dunleavy.
Dunleavy, who was traded to the Atlanta Hawks (along with Mo Williams and a protected first-round draft selection) has yet to report to his new team. Reportedly very happy with his situation in Cleveland—both on and off of the court—the veteran swingman is hoping to negotiate a buyout with the Hawks. League rules, however, mandate that players report to their new team within 72 hours of being traded to allow for physicals and that the deal could be voided if some form of an agreement is not met. Dunleavy has until 5 p.m. Monday to report to his new team and reportedly has no plans to do so.
So what are the options at this point?
- Dunleavy can cave in and decide to report to Atlanta, a very unlikely scenario.
- The Hawks can negotiate a buyout with the player, allowing him to become a free agent.
- The Hawks could start fining Dunleavy for each day missed, holding the trade up even longer.
- The Hawks could void the trade.
As Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski writes, since Atlanta had such a difficult time securing a first-round pick for Korver, it is far more likely that Atlanta will start working with Dunleavy’s agent to negotiate an agreement. While Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer has said glowing things about working Dunleavy into Atlanta’s rotation, Cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon reports that the centerpiece of the deal was in fact the first-round selection, making a buyout even more likely.
Dunleavy, averaging 4.6 points and 2.0 rebounds per game this season, hopes to latch on to another contending team. A return to Cleveland, however, is out of the question as NBA rules mandate one year’s time (or the end of his contract) before a player is allowed to re-sign with a team that traded him. Prior to the deal being announced, the Hawks had hoped to include a third team to take the rest of Dunleavy’s $4.9 million, but had no such luck. The Cavaliers, meanwhile, we incentivized to get the deal done before the weekend as to avoid the potential release of guard Jordan McRae whose contract was not fully guaranteed.