HoopsHype Dante Cunningham rumors

April 8, 2014 Updates

Timberwolves forward Dante Cunningham issued a statement Tuesday which acknowledged the difficult position the franchise is in given his felony domestic assault charge. Cunningham, a key reserve in his second year with the Wolves, asked for understanding as the legal process plays out. He will have his first court appearance May 7 on the charge that he choked his live-in girlfriend Thursday at his Medina home. "The charges and accusations in my personal life have unintentionally placed my teammates and the organization in a challenging position," Cunningham said in a statement. "I cannot comment on the charges, as we require that the facts play out through the legal process. Thank you for your understanding." St. Paul Pioneer Press

April 7, 2014 Updates

Ray Richardson: #Twolves Dante Cunningham to be held in jail under $150,000 bond pending prob cause charges of terroristic threats. Defense wanted release. #Twolves Dante Cunningham defense believes it has strong tech evidence to refute the terroristic threats charge. Judge told #Twolves Dante Cunningham and his defense that his release was not in the interest of public safety. Twitter @twolvesnow

After posting bail for a felony domestic assault charge, Timberwolves forward Dante Cunningham is now accused of sending his girlfriend messages that were "direct and rose to a terroristic level," said Ed Belland, Medina's director of public safety. Medina police responded to a call on a violation for an order of protection at Cunningham's home at about 3 a.m. Sunday. Cunningham then turned himself in at about 11:45 a.m. Sunday. He is in Hennepin County jail facing a new possible charge of terroristic threats, jail records show. Cunningham posted $40,000 bail Friday night on a felony domestic assault charge from an incident Thursday morning. Cunningham then had 12 points, six rebounds and played 33 minutes in the 100-92 loss Saturday in Orlando. Upon Sunday's arrest, Cunningham turned over his cell phone and computer to law enforcement for its active investigation, Belland said. "We always take domestic assault cases very seriously," Belland said. St. Paul Pioneer Press

Police have arrested Minnesota Timberwolves forward Dante Cunningham for the second time in three days. Medina police officer Chris McGill says the 26-year-old Cunningham was arrested Sunday on preliminary charges of making terrorist threats. He declined to go into detail about the allegations but said police would release more information about the arrest on Monday. ESPN.com

April 6, 2014 Updates

Police have arrested Minnesota Timberwolves forward Dante Cunningham for the second time in three days. Medina police officer Chris McGill says the 26-year-old Cunningham was arrested Sunday on preliminary charges of making terrorist threats. He declined to go into detail about the allegations but said police would release more information about the arrest on Monday. Cunningham was arrested early Thursday and charged with felony domestic assault. A criminal complaint filed in Hennepin County District Court says his girlfriend told police that during an argument at Cunningham's suburban Minneapolis home, he slammed her against the wall and choked her for 15 to 20 seconds. Police say she didn't require medical treatment. Cunningham was released from jail Friday and rejoined the team Saturday in Orlando, Fla. ESPN.com

April 5, 2014 Updates

Wolves forward Dante Cunningham has joined the team in Orlando for tonight's game against the Magic. Whether he is activated and plays or not is coach Rick Adelman's decision. According to the NBA's labor agreement with its players, Cunningham has a right to go back to work while the legal process plays out in his felony domestic assault charge submitted Friday in Hennepin County Court. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

April 4, 2014 Updates

The criminal complaint gave this account: A woman, who has been dating Cunningham since last summer and living with him for eight months, called 911 at about 3:30 a.m. They had gotten in an argument and she locked a bedroom door after Cunningham left. A short time later, Cunningham returned and kicked in the door. He grabbed her by the neck, slammed her against the wall and strangled her for about 15 to 20 seconds. The female victim said she could not breathe. She said it felt like she was being strangled to death. Cunningham dropped the victim and left the residence. St. Paul Pioneer Press

April 3, 2014 Updates

Police in the west metro early Thursday arrested Minnesota Timberwolves player Dante Cunningham on suspicion of domestic assault. Cunningham, 26, was apprehended by police in Medina and booked into the Hennepin County jail shortly after 6 a.m., according to jail records. He is being held without bail pending charges. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Police arrived at Cunningham’s residence on Medina Road about 4 a.m. and met with a woman who also lives there who had “marks of a physical domestic [altercation]” on her body,” said Police Chief Ed Belland. The woman did not require medical treatment, the chief added. Cunningham had left the $1.1 million home before police arrived but soon returned and “was subsequently arrested and taken into custody without incident,” Belland said. The chief said he expects to forward the case to the county attorney’s office for charging by Thursday afternoon. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Cunningham and the Wolves played Wednesday night at Target Center, defeating the Memphis Grizzlies. He will not travel with the team Thursday afternoon to Miami, where Minnesota plays Friday vs. the Heat, Wolves management said in a statement. As for whether Cunningham will be in the lineup in Miami, team spokesman Brad Ruiter said, “We are not commenting one way or another in the statement about his playing status.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

February 8, 2014 Updates
February 7, 2014 Updates

For those who missed the memo, the summer of 2015 is a large priority for quite a few teams because of Kevin Love. The T'wolves star can opt out of his deal at that time, and first-year team President Flip Saunders is well aware that missing the playoffs for a seventh consecutive season would certainly not help his campaign to keep him in town. Translation: The T'wolves should be on the personnel prowl. Among their players thought to be available are point guard J.J. Barea, forward Dante Cunningham and guard Alexey Shved. USA Today Sports

January 10, 2014 Updates

Two days after he called out teammates J.J. Barea and Dante Cunningham for not leaving the Wolves bench to join their teammates during time outs down the stretch of Wednesday’s one-point loss to Phoenix, Love said chemistry on the team was good. “We’ve been on the same page,” Love said. “Everything that happened is now internal. We’ve moved on from it. And we have a big game tonight.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

That said, Barea said he should have joined the team during the timeouts. “I think it looks a little bad that we were at the end of the bench,” he said. “But it’s something that we’ve got to get better at. I think it won’t happen again.” Cunningham declined comment. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

January 9, 2014 Updates

Although Love did not use specific names in the interview, based on the fourth quarter scene on the bench all indications were that his frustrations were aimed at J.J. Barea and Dante Cunningham. Barea, who scored eight points in 13 minutes, clearly voiced he was unhappy when he was sent to the bench near the eight-minute mark in the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, Cunningham recorded three points and one rebound in a season-low 11 minutes. 1500 ESPN

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