Year-Round News & Updates on the Minnesota Timberwolves
The Minnesota Timberwolves did the expected today as they picked up the team option on Dante Cunningham for the 2013-14 NBA season.
Dante will make roughly $2.1million a year.
Cunningham was an integral part of the Timberwolves in 2012-13. He was very valuable as a versatile utility player on both ends of the court--off the bench for the Wolves.
Assuming Derrick Williams is on the roster next season, Cunningham is pegged as the third-string power forward going into the season. Adelman is a clear fan of Dante and despite him being the third-string power forward, Rick will find time for him in the rotation.
In an injury-riddled 2012-13, Cunningham played 80 of 82 games (missing two non-consecutive games because of illness). He also posted career-highs in scoring (8.7ppg), rebounds (5.1rpg), assists (0.8apg) and minutes (25.1mpg).
With Dante coming back the Wolves now have the following with guaranteed contracts for 2013-14: Ricky Rubio, Luke Ridnour, J.J. Barea, Alexey Shved, Shabazz Muhammad, Kevin Love, Derrick Williams, Dante Cunningham, Gorgui Dieng and Chris Johnson. Mickael Gelabale & Greg Stiemsma have non-guaranteed deals. Andrei Kirilenko has until tomorrow (June 29th) to decline or accept his $10million player option. Chase Budinger is an unrestricted free agent and Nikola Peković is a restricted free agent.
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