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Chicago Bulls sign Mike Dunleavy on two-year deal

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Mike Dunleavy has today penned a two-year contract with the Chicago Bulls, saying the Eastern Conference franchise is the "perfect fit" for him.

The 33-year-old free-agent forward agreed terms with the Bulls on July 1 - the first day of the free-agent negotiating period - revealing that he turned down more money from other teams in order to chase an NBA championship ring alongside Derrick Rose.

Dunleavy's $6million deal comes off the back of a two season spell with the Milwaukee Nucks, where the 6ft 9in star averaged 10.5 points with a 42.8 per cent success rate from three-point range.

In what will be his 12th NBA campaign, Dunleavy hopes to finally realise his long-term goal of challenging for a title, and believes that the playing culture of Tom Thibodeau's team will give him the opportunity to achieve his dream.

"That was definitely a big part of it," he is quoted by ESPN. "Kind of weeding through the different suitors, I definitely wanted to be on a team that has a chance to play into May and June. 

"And I think this team barring injuries and things that happen, I think we have a chance to do that."

General manager Gar Forman says it was a priority to sign Dunleavy this close-season, as the Bulls bid to improve on last year's return of a 35.3 per cent success rate from behind the arc in 2012/13, which left them tied 20th in the league for shooting.

"I think as I've gotten older I've become a better shooter," Dunleavy reflected. "That's just with practice, knowing how to get your shots a little better, taking good shots. I feel like I'm becoming a better shooter. 

"Hopefully that trend continues to move forward, and I think with this team, with the way guys pass and move the ball, hopefully I'll get even more looks."

 

 

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