Wolves' Dante Cunningham to return in 2013-2014 season

3:33 PM, Jun 28, 2013   |    comments
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Dante Cunningham (33) and Brooklyn Nets center Andray Blatche (0) get a jump ball during the second quarter at the Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
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MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Timberwolves exercised a one-year team option on forward Dante Cunningham on Friday.

"It was important for us to bring Dante back," said Wolves President of Basketball Operations Flip Saunders in a news release. "We all saw last year how he fits in really well with coach Adelman's style and system. His versatility, energy and ability to knock down the open jumper are all reasons we feel he is an invaluable piece to our team. "

Cunningham, 26, enjoyed a career-best season the Wolves in 2012-13, averaging career highs in scoring (8.7 ppg), rebounds (5.1 rpg), assists (0.8 apg) and minutes (25.1 mpg) in a career-high 80 games. He started nine games for the Wolves.

The Wolves acquired the fourth-year forward from the Memphis Grizzlies on July 24, 2012 in exchange for guard Wayne Ellington.

In 285 career games with Minnesota, Memphis, Charlotte and Portland, Cunningham owns career averages of 6.2 points and 3.8 rebounds in 19.2 minutes per contest.

Cunningham was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers in the second round (33rd overall) of the 2009 NBA Draft.

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