LeBron James' decision Monday to opt out of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers has widely been seen as an attempt by the superstar to force the franchise into making offseason signings.
After seeing the Cavs roster's lack of depth exposed in the NBA Finals series, James and Cavaliers fans alike are hoping the franchise front office will bolster the squad with a number of experienced role players.
Not just any role players will do for King James, though, with ESPN's Marc Stein revealing one player in particularly that the four-time NBA MVP would love to see arrive at the Quicken Loans Arena.
The Bulls veteran might not exactly be atop many people's free agency wish lists but, after a solid year in the red of Chicago, the former third overall pick would be a solid option to bring off the bench.
Making a move
Stein went on to reveal that the Cavaliers appear to have taken heed of LeBron's wishes and are planning to actively pursue the 34-year-old Dunleavy when free agency officially opens at midnight.
James understands that, with himself, Kevin Love (hopefully) and Kyrie Irving on the roster, there won't be any superstar arrivals this summer but Mike Dunleavy Jr. is exactly the type of player the Cavaliers need if they are to go the distance with the very best teams in the league.
His ability to stretch the floor and prove a solid shooting and wing option isn't going to mean an easy sell for Cleveland, however.
In fact, league sources appear to be suggesting that the Chicago Bulls remain the strong favorites to re-sign the player in the coming weeks.
Dunleavy Jr. has over 900 NBA appearances to his name since entering the league in 2002 and has spent time with the Golden State Warriors, Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks and the Chicago Bulls.