The Hawks acquired Dunleavy, along with a future first-round draft pick and Mo Williams, from the Cavaliers for Kyle Korver. The deal was largely agreed to on Thursday but the Hawks continued to look for a third team to take Dunleavy. The deal was announced Saturday when another trade partner could not be found.
Following the announcement, Budenholzer said the plan was to bring in Dunleavy.
“We will bring him in,” Budenholzer said with the team in Dallas. “I think he’s got the type of game and a skill set that I think he could be very good playing for us. We’ll just have to see how he is, integrate him, continue to build. He’s a player who we’ve liked, and personally I’ve liked, for a long time. We’ll see how he fits into our mix.”
Dunleavy, 36, is in his 15th season. He has averaged 11.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 28.1 minutes while playing in 956 career games (585 starts) with the Warriors, Pacers, Bucks, Bulls and Cavaliers.
Korver has joined the Cavaliers and the team has completed their side of the trade with a physical. He cannot play or practice with the team until the Hawks side of the deal is done. The hope is Korver can practice with the team in Utah once Dunleavy reports and passes a physical.
In recent precedent concerning the uncertainty, Andrei Kirilenko was traded to the 76ers from the Nets on Dec. 11, 2014 and refused to report. He was suspended by the 76ers on Jan. 9, 2015 and eventually waived on Feb. 21 having never played for the 76ers. Three days later he returned to Russia signed to play with CSKA Moscow. He retired from professional basketball following that season in June.