Timberwolves Acquire Dante Cunningham 25 Jul 12

Minneapolis/St. Paul – The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team has acquired forward Dante Cunningham from the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for guard Wayne Ellington.

“We thank Wayne for his three seasons with the Wolves. He was the consummate professional and we wish him the best in Memphis, ” said David Kahn, Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations. “In Dante Cunningham we are getting a versatile forward who brings a defensive presence and an efficient offensive game to our team. Also, the addition of Dante helps balance our roster.”

Cunningham, 25, was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers in the second round (33rd overall) of the 2009 NBA Draft. In three seasons in the NBA, the 6-8 forward has averaged 5.2 points, on 48.5 percent shooting, and 3.3 rebounds in 205 games (25 starts).

As a rookie with Portland in 2009-10, Cunningham averaged 3.9 points and 2.5 rebounds in 63 games. The 6-8 forward started the 2010-11 season with Portland before being traded on Feb. 24, 2011, along with Joel Pryzbilla, Sean Marks and two future first round draft picks to the Charlotte Bobcats for Gerald Wallace. For the season, Cunningham averaged 6.2 points and 3.6 rebounds. He signed with the Memphis Grizzlies on Dec. 20, 2011, and averaged 5.2 points, shooting a career-best 51.6 percent from the field this past season. Cunningham also pulled down a career-high 3.8 rebounds per game, including grabbing a career-high 14 boards vs. Minnesota on March 27, 2012.

Ellington spent three seasons with the Wolves, averaging 6.5 points and 1.9 rebounds in 189 games (13 starts). Minnesota drafted Ellington in the first round (28th overall) of the 2009 NBA Draft.

 

Dante Cunningham NBA Statistics

 

FIELD GOALS

3-POINT FG

FREE THROWS

 

Year

Team

G

MIN

FG

FGA

PCT

FG

FGA

PCT

FT

FTA

PCT

REB

AST

STL

BLK

PTS

AVG

09-10

POR

63

707

106

214

.495

0

2

.000

31

48

.646

160

14

24

22

243

3.9

10-11

POR/CHA

78

1637

218

472

.462

1

13

.077

45

62

.726

277

43

54

43

482

6.2

11-12

MEM

64

1124

144

279

.516

0

2

.000

45

69

.652

246

37

42

34

333

5.2

Totals

C

205

3468

468

965

.485

1

17

.059

121

179

.676

683

94

120

99

1058

5.2