3:23pm: Cunningham worked out for New Orleans on Sunday and the club’s front office is looking into the forward’s brush with the law last year as it considers whether to sign him, writes Jimmy Smith of The Times Picayune. In any case, the team is likely to make an addition or two this week, Smith reports.
6:18pm: The Pelicans are giving serious consideration to signing Dante Cunningham, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports (on Twitter). Cunningham worked out for New Orleans over the weekend. The Pelicans currently have a 13 man roster after waiving Darius Miller and Patric Young earlier today.
Cunningham was arrested in April for domestic assault but saw those charges dropped in August. Even though Cunningham has been cleared for some time, agent Joel Bell told Jon Krawczynski of The Associated Press in October that he hadn’t received so much as a minimum salary offer from an NBA team. At the time, Bell estimated that Cunningham would have otherwise received worth upwards of $4MM per year. While that dollar figure is debatable, there’s no question that Cunningham’s legal situation hurt his free agent market.
Cunningham averaged 6.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 1.0 assists across 20.2 minutes per night last season for the Wolves. His 12.9 PER was below the league average, but it wasn’t all that bad for a reserve player.