And on the other side of the equation, one of the reasons Dunleavy opted to sign with Chicago was because he wanted to play alongside Rose and compete for a championship as ESPN Chicago’s Nick Friedell reports:
It was a big factor, obviously. Because with him over the last two years, when healthy, they’ve had the best record in the league. It’s kind of like the sky’s the limit. I think it sounds like he’s on pace to get back and be ready to go, and you add everybody else into the mix, I think we’ve got a good, deep team and we have high expectations for this season.
Unfortunately for Dunleavy and the Bulls, the title aspirations were put on hold after Rose suffered another season-ending injury 10 games into the season.
But in spite of the circumstances, Dunleavy proved to be a valuable to addition to the roster in a year that could have easily went in the other direction.
That being said, let’s take a look back at the year that was for the veteran sharpshooter.