Half of that headline is sobering, disappointing, and serious. The other half is a simple NBA transaction.
I don’t love combining the two, but it’s the rare day in Wolvesdom where there has been newsworthy developments with multiple players on the roster, so we’ll touch on them both here.
After the Wolves defeated the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night, Minnesota made the decision to waive A.J. Price and eat the remainder of his guaranteed contract for the season. It’s somewhat curious, considering that he could have been cut earlier this year, prior to his contract being locked in for the duration of the campaign.
Ricky Rubio and J.J. Barea have been as healthy as ever this year, and even though Alexey Shved has fallen well out of Rick Adelman’s rotation, he has never been inactivated for a game like Price so often was. His release appeared to be a precursor to a planned roster move, because why else would they bother letting him go since they still have to pay him regardless?
Unfortunately, news came down early in the morning on Thursday that Dante Cunningham was in jail on suspicion of domestic assault. We don’t know much else at this point, but obivously it’s disturbing a number of levels. I won’t speculate on Dante’s character, because we, as the public, never really know athletes. And as much as the media pretends to be shocked, surprised, etc., when an athlete is arrested, I’m going to avoid that sort of sentiment here.
Truthfully, is there anyone we’d expect to do something as terrible as commit domestic assault? I’d like to think not. So at this point, we know what we know, and it is what it is. Let’s hope that justice is served and the legal process runs it’s course.
As far as the Wolves go, there are suddenly two less players available to the team than there were less than twenty-four hours ago. What will Flip Saunders, Rick Adelman, and Co. do? They could pick someone up, but there are also only eight games left on the schedule.
We’ll keep an eye on the situation and any significant rumors or developments will be posted here with analysis.