Spurs Sign Dante Cunningham

JULY 20: The Spurs have officially signed Cunningham, the team announced today in a press release.

JULY 16: Free agent forward Dante Cunningham has agreed to terms on a deal with the Spurs, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (via Twitter). According to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports (Twitter link), Cunningham will sign a one-year contract with San Antonio.

Cunningham, 31, is coming off a season in which he appeared in 73 total games for the Pelicans and Nets, having been sent to Brooklyn in a deadline-day trade. On the year, he averaged 5.7 PPG and 4.1 RPG with a .451/.345/.596 shooting line.

After making just two 3-point shots in his first six NBA seasons, Cunningham has shown an increased willingness to fire away from beyond the arc in recent years. Over the last three seasons, he has knocked down 184 threes at a 35.2% rate, solid numbers for a player who sees most of his action at power forward. He’ll likely be expected to continue stretching the floor in San Antonio.

Cunningham won’t be in line for a big payday with the Spurs. His one-year deal is expected to be worth $2.5MM, says Jabari Young of The San Antonio Express-News (Twitter link).

That would exceed Cunningham’s minimum salary, so the Spurs may be using a portion of their mid-level exception to complete the signing. San Antonio used approximately $6MM of the $8.641MM MLE to sign Marco Belinelli.

Having added Cunningham, Belinelli, and Lonnie Walker while re-signing Rudy Gay, Davis Bertans, and Bryn Forbes, the Spurs now have 14 players on NBA contracts for the 2018/19 season.

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