According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Minnesota Timberwolves and the new orleans Pelicans are competing to land the services of free agent forward Dante Cunningham. Cunningham is entering his 9th NBA season and has been with five NBA organizations.

Dante Cunningham's NBA journey

Dante Cunningham was drafted third in the second round by the Portland Trailblazers and was drafted 33rd overall. He debuted on November 8, 2009 and spent one and a half seasons with the Trailblazers where he averaged 4.4 points, 2.9 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.9 steals, and 0.6 blocks per game.

He was then traded to the then Charlotte Bobcats, now Charlotte Hornets. He averaged 9.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.7 steals, and 0.5 blocks per game.

The Memphis Grizzlies then signed Cunningham as a free agent, but later traded him to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Wayne Ellington.

On December 4, 2014, he was signed to a contract by the New Orleans Pelicans where he spent his next three seasons.

Cunningham with the Pelicans

During the 2014-2015 NBA season, Cunningham started 27 out of the 66 games he played. He averaged 5.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.7 steals, and 0.6 blocks per game.

In the next NBA season, he started 46 out of the 80 games he played. He averaged 6.1 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.5 steals, and 0.4 blocks per game.

And in the past NBA season, he started 35 out of the 66 games he played and averaged 6.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.6 steals, and 0.4 blocks per game.

How's the future looking for Dante Cunningham

After Solomon Hill injured his hamstrings, the New Orleans Pelicans' interest in Cunningham rose as they now lack players at the small forward position.

Cunningham was expected to earn $3.1 million if he opted to stay with the New Orleans Pelicans. But he declined this player option to become an unrestricted free agent and test the open markets.

This move proves to be the wrong one taken by Dante Cunningham. The Minnesota Timberwolves and the New Orleans Pelicans are only interested in offering just the minimum, and it appears that Cunningham will not be exceeding his minimum salary of $2.1 million.

Both the Pelicans and the Timberwolves are loaded with young and talented big men. Although Cunningham is better off in the power forward position, he is versatile enough to stretch the floor and shoot three-pointers.

It is not surprising that both teams are looking to land Cunningham, as they are both trying to add depth to their respective rosters.