Bulls trade rumors: Mike Dunleavy coveted by Rockets, per report

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Mike Dunleavy era could be over before it ever really started.

Is the fire sale just beginning for the Chicago Bulls? After trading Luol Deng to the Cavs for draft picks on Tuesday morning, the Bulls might be ready to become full-time sellers before the trade deadline. Kirk Hinrich reportedly interests several teams, including the Warriors. The more appealing trade asset is forward Mike Dunleavy Jr., who is only a few months into a two-year, $6 million contract he signed this past summer.

The Houston Rockets have their eyes on Dunleavy, according to Peter Vecsey and Sam Amick, who would add depth on the wing and likely act as a replacement for the struggling Francisco Garcia. Should the Bulls do it?

It's a tougher decision than it may appear to be. On one hand, it makes sense for Chicago to clear as much cap space as possible this summer, just to leave their free agency options open. Mark Deeks has the Bulls projected at $13.2 million in cap space for the summer, assuming the Dunleavy trade.

On the other hand, you can bet a good deal of that money is ticketed for Nikola Mirotic. Probably at least $7 million. That would leave the Bulls with just over $6 million. Would it be better to keep a tall shooter like Dunleavy, who was brought it to stretch the floor for Derrick Rose, especially at a fair contract?

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