Report: Mike Dunleavy reporting to Hawks

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Mike Dunleavy – sent from the Cavaliers to the Hawks in the Kyle Korver trade – refused to report to Atlanta.

Apparently, the standoff has ended.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

I’m not sure what Dunleavy expected. He knew the Hawks wanted him, and Budenholzer runs the front office and coaches the team. The Hawks wanting him was synonymous with Budenholzer wanting him.

Perhaps, something else – like the threat of fines for not reporting – factored.

Atlanta likely wants Dunleavy for two reasons (in no particular order):

1. He provides depth as the team continues to play for playoff position.

2. His salary could be useful in another trade.

No. 1 could change if they trade Paul Millsap and/or Thabo Sefolosha, but the Hawks are 21-16 and fourth in the East. They have a little buffer to remain in the postseason race.

If Atlanta falls and doesn’t re-deal Dunleavy, a buyout is always possible after the trade deadline.

First, he’ll try to make it work with the Hawks.