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T-Wolves acquire Cunningham from Grizzlies for Ellington

Associated Press

7/24/2012 7:54:47 PM

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Timberwolves have acquired forward Dante Cunningham from the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for guard Wayne Ellington.

Cunningham was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers in the second round of the 2009 NBA draft. In three seasons, the 6-foot-8 forward has averaged 5.2 points, on 48.5 per cent shooting, and 3.3 rebounds in 205 games.

Cunningham started the 2010-11 season with Portland before being traded to the Charlotte Bobcats. He signed with Memphis on Dec. 20, 2011, and averaged 5.2 points, shooting a career-best 51.6 per cent from the field last season. The 25-year-old grabbed a career-high 3.8 rebounds per game,

Ellington averaged 6.5 points and 1.9 rebounds in 189 games over three seasons with the Wolves. Minnesota drafted Ellington in the first round of the 2009 NBA draft.