NBA free agent watch: Mike Dunleavy

NBA free agent watch: Mike Dunleavy
April 25, 2013, 10:00 am
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The Wizards' regular season is over, meaning it's now all about the offseason, including free agency. Throughout the NBA playoffs, we will highlight a new 2013 free agent playing on that given day while projecting a possible fit in Washington. The Wizards currently do not have significant salary cap space for any big-ticket items, but six players on the current roster will hit the open market this summer including Martell Webster, A.J. Price, Garrett Temple and Cartier Martin. Some under contract could be traded. Obviously re-signing some or all of the aforementioned free agents is an option and the Wizards have three draft picks, including a first round selection, but those pieces won't solve all their needs. That's where other teams' free agents come in, that's why we want to know these free agents a little better...

Free agent: Mike Dunleavy, SF, Milwaukee Bucks 

Vitals: 6-foot-9, 230 lbs. Turns 33 in September

Stats: Dunleavy completed his 11th NBA season by averaging 10.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 25 minutes in 75 games for the Bucks. Shot a career-high 42.8 percent from beyond the 3-point arc despite taking the second most attempts (299) of his career. The 75 games played, Dunleavy's most since playing the entire 2007-08 season.

Playoff Matchup: No. 8 seed in the East, Milwaukee the Miami Heat 2-0. Game 3 is Thursday night at Milwaukee

The fit: The Wizards have made it clear that re-signing Martell Webster is an offseason priority, but business is business. Should Webster's price tag rise beyond their interest or means, Dunleavy is the type of veteran player that could step in and provide a similar offense-defense combo at small forward with Trevor Ariza. He earned $3.75 million this season, according to HoopsHype.com.

Chances of becoming a Wizard: None if Webster stays or if Dunleavy decides he wants to hook up with a clear-cut title contender. The former Dukie is a savvy player who can help spread the court, bury shots when open and provide on-court leadership. Using Dunleavy with Nene and Okafor won't speed up the fast break, but he could prove a viable stopgap option at small forward on a short-term deal.

NBA Free Agent profiles

*David West 

*Nate Robinson

*J.J. Redick

*Earl Clark