Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 12/6/12
MINNEAPOLIS When the Timberwolves traded Wayne Ellington to Memphis for Dante Cunningham on July 24, it made sense. The Grizzlies needed guards; the Timberwolves had a surplus. The Timberwolves needed forwards; the Grizzlies had one to deal. The two seemed to have levels of output, made similar money, and between the day of the trade and training camp, the deal took on about as much significance as the color of David Kahns socks. Little did the Timberwolves president of basketball operations know what he was getting in Cunningham, whos averaging a career-high 8.1 points off the bench. Coach Rick Adelman admitted as much, calling him a pleasant surprise not only for the stats hes put up but for the intangibles: the energy, the defense, the persistence. In Memphis, Cunningham averaged a full five minutes per game less than the 22 hes averaging in Minnesota this season, and hes making the most of that opportunity, coming off one of the better benches in the league. He was exactly wh...
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