It has been reported early in the off-season: “Dante Cunningham is going to Minnesota.” But back then, it wasn’t official. And now it’s for real. I personally like it. The Minnesota Timberwolves and the Memphis Grizzlies have agreed on a trade that would send guard Wayne Ellington to The Bluff City and forward Dante Cunningham to the Land of 10,000 Lakes.
After being drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers in 2009, Cunningham has been bouncing around the NBA and the Timberwolves will be the 4th team the young forward will be playing for. Last season Cunningham averaged 5.2 points, 3.8 rebounds through 64 games last season.
Cunningham is an inside player. Hard worker, versatile, and quick on his feet is how I would describe the forward. During the recent post season, Cunningham will be remembered as the guy that dunked over Blake Griffin, “The Poster Child” has been postered. Unfortunately though, the Grizzlies lost that series in 7 hard fought games.
Wayne Ellington has been in the NBA for three years and in his most recent NBA season, Ellington didn’t have much playing time under Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman. Ellington was originally drafted by the Wolves in 2009 and played in 51 games last season coming off the bench as a sub for guards Ricky Rubio (when healthy), Luke Ridnour, or J.J Barea. He was somewhat the fourth point guard for the team. And with Ridnour and Rubio falling into injury, Ellington got a little bit of more playing time. However, his style of play and his skills is certainly not something Minnesota wants to keep for the long run. Furthermore, the Timberwolves have already acquired guards Brandon Roy, out of retirement, Russian Alexey Shved, and guard/forward Chase Budinger who are most likely going to prevent Ellington from playing valuable minutes.
Last season, Ellington averaged 6.1 points and shot 40.4 percent from the field. Recently, Ellington tweeted: “Minny, it’s been real.. Memphis wassup?!”