Dunleavy in Milwaukee, waiting to sign with Bucks

Free-agent guard Mike Dunleavy Jr. was at the Milwaukee Bucks’

practice facility Friday, but had to watch the team’s first

practice from courtside as he waited to sign his new deal.

The Bucks were waiting for the NBA to approve a pending trade

that will send guard Keyon Dooling to the Boston Celtics before

signing Dunleavy and their rookies. And with teams around the

league seeking approval on contracts and trades in a post-lockout

logjam, the Dooling trade still was unofficial when the team hit

the court for practice.

”The unsigned players couldn’t go, we couldn’t sign them until

Keyon’s trade was official,” Bucks coach Scott Skiles said.

”That’s all. We waited, we waited, and figured we’d just start

practice and maybe at some point they could get going, but it just

hasn’t gone through yet. So yeah, Mike will be fine tomorrow, he’ll

be ready to go.”

The trade was finalized later Friday, with the Bucks sending

Dooling and a protected second-round pick to the Celtics for the

rights to forward/center Albert Miralles.

First-round draft pick Tobias Harris, a forward from Tennessee,

and second-round pick Jon Leuer, a forward from Wisconsin, also had

to watch practice from courtside.

The Bucks also were without their main offseason acquisition for

their first post-lockout practice. Skiles said guard Stephen

Jackson, who was obtained in a three-way draft day trade, arrived

in Milwaukee on Friday morning and his physical examination didn’t

get done in time for the start of practice.

”Not your typical first day,” Skiles said. ”But nobody’s

having a typical first day.”

Skiles held a shorter and less intense practice than he

typically would on the first day of training camp.

”We had literally between three and five practice plans for

today, based on how many guys we were going to have,” Skiles said.

”And we weren’t sure until just a few minutes before, because we

were made aware of what was going on with Keyon’s trade, and that

those guys weren’t going to be able to go until that got put in

motion. So we basically had nine guys. And tomorrow, we’ll have


Still, Skiles came away impressed with the way his players kept

in shape.

That was a concern for every NBA team going into Friday, given

that team officials weren’t allowed to keep tabs on their players’

workout programs during the lockout.

”It was good,” Skiles said. ”I’m really pleased with the

conditioning of the guys. If we would have went through our regular

first training camp practice, which is a little more physical and

longer, the guys would have gotten through it fine.”

Skiles is looking forward to the addition of Dunleavy, who shot

46.2 percent from the floor and 40.2 percent from 3-point range

with Indiana last year.

”He’s going to be one of the best shooters, if not the best

shooter, on our team,” Skiles said. ”And he can also make plays

for other people. He’s a good off the ball player, very good off

the ball player with his cutting and spacing, and he’s got a very

high basketball IQ. All things we were trying to address.”

Guard Brandon Jennings said getting Dunleavy was a ”big deal”

for the Bucks, who have dramatically reshaped their backcourt going

into this season with the additions of Jackson, Beno Udrih and

Shaun Livingston.

”When he was out there in Indiana, he was a big key to their

team,” Jennings said. ”He’s going to fit in really good


Center Andrew Bogut said Dunleavy’s accuracy will add another

dimension to the Bucks.

”He’s a guy that’s got a higher basketball IQ,” Bogut said.

”He’s played for a couple of teams now. He can really shoot the

basketball, which is what we need.”