With a little over a month until the trade deadline, the Houston Rockets have started making preparations to upgrade the team for a potential playoff run.
Now it appears that general manager Daryl Morey will look to add some outside shooting off the bench, as Sam Amick of USA Today has reported that the Rockets will strongly consider going after Chicago Bulls swingman Mike Dunleavy.
Jan 2, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls small forward Mike Dunleavy (34) yells after getting a foul against the Boston Celtics during the 2nd half at the United Center. The Bulls won 94-82. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports
“According to a person with knowledge of the Rockets’ thinking, Chicago Bulls small forward Mike Dunleavy is high on their wish list as the deadline nears. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because a team’s plans aren’t typically discussed publicly. The Rockets haven’t acted on this impulse just yet, as a person with knowledge of the Bulls’ dealings said Houston has yet to call to discuss a possible deal. And while Chicago’s trade of Luol Deng to Cleveland this week had rival executives wondering if the Bulls would now continue breaking up their band, Dunleavy – who signed as a free agent last summer – is held in extremely high regard by his current bosses and there will certainly be a hefty price to pay for anyone who comes calling.”
Dunleavy’s current contract can make him a bargain in the eyes of the Rockets, as he’s making $3 million this season, and for next season as well. The 13-year veteran is averaging 10.7 points and is shooting 39 percent from behind the 3-point line, an are where the Rockets must improve drastically. As of Jan. 9, Houston ranks 24th in the NBA in that area, shooting just 34.2 percent.