Grizzlies Traded Dante Cunningham to Wolves for Wayne Ellington

by July 25, 2012

In a minor move, the Grizzlies sent forward Dante Cunningham to Minnesota in exchange for guard Wayne Ellington. From the Commercial Appeal: “The acquisition of Ellington is another move in the team’s off-season push to improve its backcourt. The Grizzlies drafted Tony Wroten, a 6-5 guard out of Washington, with the No. 25 pick of the draft. They also signed free agent Jerryd Bayless, a 6-3 combo guard who set career highs in scoring (11.4 points), assists (3.8), field goal percentage (.424), three-point field goal percentage (. 423) and free throw percentage (.852) last season in 31 games with Toronto. […] ‘We’re able to address the need of additional three-point shooting with this trade,’ Griz general manager Chris Wallace said. ‘Wayne has had success in the past as a long-distance shooter. We’re moving someone we like for someone with a skill we need. … This deal is important for us because we get three-point shooting but we don’t have to go out and sign an additional player.’ Cunningham and Ellington have virtually identical contracts worth slightly more than $2 million, making the trade a seamless transaction.”