Source: Wolves have deal to flip Wayne Ellington for Dante Cunningham
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It's not the singular move that will satisfy All-Star Kevin Love, but it does balance out the Minnesota Timberwolves' roster.
The Wolves and Memphis Grizzlies have a verbal agreement to swap guard Wayne Ellington for forward Dante Cunningham, a source with knowledge of the deal said on Monday.
An official announcement should come in the near future after the paperwork is submitted to the NBA.
Cunningham, 25, is set to make $2.09 million in 2012-13. His contract contains a team option for the 2013-14 season.
Versatile enough to play both forward positions, Cunningham is an above-average defender. He made a very favorable in-person impression on the Wolves in March when he scored 13 points and grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds in a Grizzlies win. He played power forward in that game.
Portland originally selected Cunningham 33rd overall out of Villanova in the 2009 NBA draft.
Ellington, 24, was a first-round pick (28th overall) out of North Carolina in 2009. In 189 career games (13 starts), he has averaged 6.5 points and 1.9 rebounds.