Cunningham has agreed to a one-year, $2.3M deal with New Orleans, league sources tell The Vertical.
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Cunningham, 30, had been one of the more attractive free agents remaining, receiving interest from New Orleans, Minnesota, Milwaukee and Toronto, league sources said. Cunningham’s agent, Joel Bell, worked with the Pelicans’ front office to finalize an agreement Tuesday.
Darren Wolfson: Also from Glen: 1) He’s talked to Dante C. Waiting on decision.
Jon Krawczynski: Wolves have been putting the full-court press on Dante Cunningham, hoping to bring him back.
Darren Wolfson: #Twolves would still very much welcome FA Dante Cunningham, and there’s comparable buzz on their chances like my tweet yesterday with ‘Bazz.
Scott Kushner: Another #Pelicans move likely coming in next few days. Dante Cunningham still on the radar, as are other candidates who can cover 3/4s.
The Wolves have pursued free agents Dante Cunningham, Tony Allen and their own Shabazz Muhammad, among others, but haven’t yet reached agreements with anyone.
Darren Wolfson: The Bucks have hopped in on FA Dante Cunningham, I hear. Milt Newton/Matt Bollero connection. #Twolves still trying and being patient.
New Orleans has been aggressive trying to bring Cunningham back, particularly now that Solomon Hill is expected to miss much of the season after he underwent surgery to repair a torn hamstring. But the Wolves remain firmly in the conversation and might be the frontrunner.
Adrian Wojnarowski: New Orleans is trying to re-sign F Dante Cunningham, but Minnesota is proving to be one suitor tough to beat on him, sources tell ESPN.
Darren Wolfson: Another one of many FAs the #Twolves have had talks about: Dante Cunningham. But he won’t take the minimum now. Shot it well last year.
The Jazz aren’t finished trying to add to their team, either.The Salt Lake Tribune has learned that Utah is in the market for another forward and another big man to back up Gobert. Among the names who hold Jazz interest are Dante Cunningham, who played last season with the New Orleans Pelicans. Atlanta Hawks forward Ersan Illyasova and Miami Heat big man Willie Reed are also players the Jazz are looking at.
Chris Haynes: New Orleans forward Dante Cunningham plans to decline player option to become unrestricted free agent this summer, league sources tell ESPN.
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September 26, 2017 | 3:44 pm EDT Update
Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Dion Waiters and Justise Winslow looked good and showed no ill effects from their season-ending injuries last season in their first full practices back with the team Tuesday morning at Florida Atlantic University. “[Winslow has] been scrimmaging for a while. It was important for him to get those live reps. You would never be able to tell by his aggressiveness that he brought to this practice that he was coming off any kind of injury anywhere on his body. People felt his presence.”
Waiters, who signed a four-year, $52 million deal this summer, revealed at Heat Media Day Monday he still feels discomfort in his left ankle, which he badly sprained and cost him the final 13 games of the regular season. “It’s aching a little bit. But if I take a little Tylenol, I’ll be alright,” Waiters said Tuesday. “It’s going to be a process. But we know what we got to do, so it’s manageable. We just got to make sure we keep our eye on it and just keep getting treatment.”
What did Goran Dragic think of his backcourt mate on Waiters’ first official day back? “He looks amazing to me,” Dragic said. “His ability to break down people and explode, he always had that. I didn’t even see that maybe he’s feeling the ankle a little bit. You watch him, he’s the old Dion.”