Mike Dunleavy puts Golden State jump talks to rest, decides to stay with Atlanta Hawks

By Maricris Faderugao | Jan 10, 2017 11:18 AM EST
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NBA cager Mike Dunleavy has reportedly changed his mind to stay with the Atlanta Hawks after being traded for Kyle Korver. Early reports suggested that Dunleavy might make a quick jump from Atlanta to Bay area soon if he is signed by the Golden State Warriors. Dunleavy was recently traded by the defending champions Cleveland Cavaliers.

Dunleavy reportedly decided that he did not want to suit up for the Hawks as he failed to report to the Hawks. Reports say that he is actually keen on playing for a championship contender team. Right now, the Warriors are looking as one of the better contenders for the title aside from the Cavaliers.  

The Warriors are reportedly considering to sign Dunleavy to receive a buyout from the Hawks and apparently, Dunleavy was actually wanting to be bought out so that he could become a free agent, ESPN reported.

However, Dunleavy had a change of heart and has reportedly decided to stay with the Hawks. This has been confirmed by Hawk's coach Mike Budenholzer who said that Dunleavy will indeed undergo a physical examination and report to Atlanta this week.

Speaking high of Dunleavy, Budenholzer said, "I've always liked him as a player, and I told him that. He has such a great basketball IQ [and] just understands the game at a high level. He fits us well."

After the trade deal, Dunleavy was reportedly unsure if the Hawks really intend to use him for the rest of the season. Dunleavy's decision to stay with the Hawks is sparked by the fact that he had been convinced by Budenholzer that he wanted him in their team, Fox Sports reported.

Dunleavy's initial refusal to join the Hawks could have made things complicated for his former team because the Cavaliers could neither have a practice nor play Korver until Dunleavy's situation is resolved.

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