Free agent profile: Mike Dunleavy
This is the 45th post in a series of free-agent profiles that analyzes players and how they might fit in with the Lakers.
Indiana Pacers small forward Mike Dunleavy
Type of free agent: Unrestricted
Positives: Dunleavy's shooting last season improved to 46.2% from the field and 40.2% from three-point range partly because of his consistent health. His production has remained steady whenever that's been the case. Though plus-minus stats can overly inflate a players' value if they're constantly around superstars, Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe recently noted the Pacers became a better team with Dunleavy on the floor in all three seasons in which he logged at least 60 games. In fact, most of the Pacers’ best core lineups featured Dunleavy, who has a high basketball IQ.
Negatives: Even if Dunleavy proves capable of handling the ball, moving off screens and setting up teammates, he's limited athletically. That's not going to translate well to Mike Brown's system that wants strong defenders creating transition opportunities. The Lakers would be better served looking for quicker players.
Verdict: After being vastly overpaid at nearly $60 million in his 10-year career, Dunleavy's market value will plummet. The reasons point to his overall skill set and the upcoming collective bargaining agreement. That gives teams, such as the Lakers, leverage. Limitations aside, Dunleavy fills the Lakers needs in outside shooting and he could come cheaply.
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