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Dante Cunningham - SF/PF, 6'8, 230
New Orleans Pelicans - Signed as a free agent in December 2014
       Date of birth: 04/22/1987
       Country: USA
     Drafted (NBA): 33rd pick, 2009
     Out of: Villanova
  NBA Experience: 8 years
  Hand: Right




Date
League
Transaction
2009 NBA Draft NBA Drafted 33rd overall by Portland.
21st August, 2009 NBA Signed a guaranteed two year minimum salary contract with Portland.
24th February, 2011 NBA Traded by Portland, along with Joel Przybilla, Sean Marks, a 2011 first round pick (#19,Tobias Harris) and a future first round pick (#24, 2014, Shabazz Muhammad) to Charlotte in exchange for Gerald Wallace.
20th December, 2011 NBA Signed a five year, $6.27 million offer sheet with Memphis. Included team option for 2013/14.
23rd December, 2011 NBA Charlotte declined to match Memphis's offer sheet.
24th July, 2012 NBA Traded by Memphis to Minnesota in exchange for Wayne Ellington.
28th June, 2013 NBA Minnesota exercised 2013/14 team option.
4th December, 2014 NBA Signed an unguaranteed minimum salary contract for the remainder of the season with New Orleans.
9th July, 2015 NBA Re-signed by New Orleans to a three year, $8,934,750 contract. Included player option for 2017/18.
29th April, 2017 NBA Declined 2017/18 player option.
24th September, 2017 NBA Re-signed by New Orleans to a one year, $2.3 million contract.
When: Where:
2005 - 2009 Villanova (NCAA)
June 2009 - February 2011 Portland Trail Blazers (NBA)
February 2011 - December 2011 Charlotte Bobcats (NBA)
December 2011 - July 2012 Memphis Grizzlies (NBA)
July 2012 - June 2014 Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA)
December 2014 - present New Orleans Pelicans (NBA)
From blog:


   2010 Summer League Rosters: Portland Trail Blazers
2010-07-12

Dante Cunningham

Considering he's always been a power forward in a small forward's body, Cunningham made a pretty decent effort of pretending otherwise. Given plenty of opportunities due to injury, Cunningham shot his customary mid range two's well, rebounding well enough for a man of his size, and proved he could play defense on most small and power forwards. He also turned it over only 25 times all year, leading all rookies in turnover percentage at 6.0%. This is helped significantly by the fact that he doesn't dribble, but nevertheless, it's a hugely impressive number. (Tyler Hansbrough was next lowest at 7.1% in his part-season of work; Marcus Thornton was third at 7.3%. The worst? Jrue Holiday, 21.9%. Then James Johnson. Then Hasheem Thabeet.)

In fact, not only did it lead all rookies, the only player that played significant minutes (i.e. more than 500) to have a lower turnover percentage than that was Maurice Evans at 4.5%. Michael Redd had only a 5.8%, but he barely played all season. And Steve Novak had a 1.8% in 57 games; however, he only played 14 seconds per game. (NB: That figure is exaggerated slightly.)

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   Ben Gordon finally commits to Great Britain national team
2010-05-08

Britain (and England in particular) are starting to place some good big men prospects abroad. Joel Freeland was a first round draft pick of the Blazers back in 2006, who is slowly making a name for himself in the powerhouse Spanish ACB. Another Blazers draft pick, Dante Cunningham, has also worked out for the British team, although he doesn't have the pre-requisite passport yet. Former Hornets forward Sean Banks is also eligible for a British passport, and supposedly in the process of getting one. And other British big man prospects that you may have heard of include Dan Clark (Estudiantes Madrid, ACB), Justin Robinson (Rider), Eric Boateng (just graduated from Arizona State University) and Matthew Bryan-Amaning (University of Washington).

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   2017 NBA Manifesto
2017-06-29

Dante Cunningham
SF/PF, 6’8, 230lbs, 30 years old, 8 years of experience

A reasonably solid and consistent presence on a team with injuries and upheaval all around him, but ‘solid’ should definitely be interpreted in this instance as ‘unremarkable’. Cunningham’s offence has become mostly the three-pointer over the last two seasons, and it is not a coincidence that his true shooting percentage has shot way up over those two (.586% this past season). But the volume is low, the rebounds getting lower every season, and Cunningham isn’t doing much to get open other than stand in the corner. Still, a combination of corner threes, heady play, cutting off the ball, running if possible and good team defence makes for a decent role player. Perhaps in a more stable offensive environment, he can get more shots up.

Player Plan: Expiring $2,978,250 contract. Could get the best part of a full non-taxpayer MLE somewhere, or at least somewhere in the $5-6 million range, and would be worth it here too.

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