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Report: T-Wolves trade Ellington to Grizzlies for Cunningham

Jul 17, 2012, 11:31 AM EDT

Dante Cunningham, Blake Griffin

We told you last week that the Grizzlies had reached out to the Minnesota Timberwolves because Memphis wanted some depth at guard and they had a big man in Dante Cunningham to dangle out there.

Well, we have a deal according to 1500 ESPN Radio out of Minneapolis (via SLAM):

The Wolves and Memphis Grizzlies have a verbal agreement to swap guard Wayne Ellington for forward Dante Cunningham, a source with knowledge of the deal said on Monday. An official announcement should come in the near future after the paperwork is submitted to the NBA.

Ellington was coming off the bench in Minnesota for about 20 minutes a game last year but was not really blowing anybody’s doors off, shooting 40.4 percent overall and 32.4 percent from three. Not ideal. But the Grizzlies are looking for depth off the bench, not a guy to close out games.

Minnesota gets the better player in this deal, Cunningham shows promise. He can play and defend either forward position, and while he only scored 5.2 points and grabbed 3.8 rebounds a game in 17 minutes a contest for the Grizzlies, he was pretty efficient doing it. He shot 51 percent last year. He’s a nice pickup for Minnesota.

  1. kopy - Jul 17, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    First the Wolves ship O.J. Mayo to Memphis for Kevin Love, and now this… No wonder Minnesota just stockpiles the guards.

    • brewdogg - Jul 17, 2012 at 1:49 PM

      And now Mayo is in Dallas and Love is in the Olympics. Let’s hope this one works out just as well!!

  2. thedetroitsportsfan - Jul 17, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    both players have fancy names

  3. muhangis - Jul 18, 2012 at 6:59 AM

    This is a very unimpactful trade right here. Neither are very good. I would say that Cunningham is a split-hair length better though. But both are bottom of the bench.

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