It was reported last week that the Minnesota Timberwolves were on the verge of acquiring forward Dante Cunningham of the Memphis Grizzlies for guard Wayne Ellington, and now the deal is official according to The Memphis Commercial Appeal:
Cunningham-for-Ellington trade is official, per source— Commercial Appeal (@CAGrizBlog) July 24, 2012
Cunningham averaged 5.2 points per game last year for the Grizzlies, but was held to just 17.6 minutes per night and rarely was given a chance to see significant court time. The 6-foot-8, 230-pound forward projects as a guy who can average somewhere near one steal and one block per game as a key contributor off the bench for the Timberwolves going forward.
Ellington, on the other hand, never quite lived up to his immense hype as a shooter coming out of North Carolina in 2009. Considering he rarely produced much aside from scoring as a one-dimensional shooter, Ellington's woeful shooting percentages this past year (40.4% FGs, 32.4% 3Ps) were clearly the last straw for Minnesota brass.