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Timberwolves exercise option on F Cunningham

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The Minnesota Timberwolves exercised their one-year option on forward Dante Cunningham, the team announced Friday.

"It was important for us to bring Dante back," president of basketball operations Flip Saunders said in a statement. "We all saw last year how he fits in really well with coach (Rick) Adelman's style and system. His versatility, energy and ability to knock down the open jumper are all reasons we feel he is an invaluable piece to our team. We are excited to have Dante back for next season."

Cunningham, 26, is coming off his best season with 8.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 25.1 minutes per game. He appeared in 80 games.

The Wolves acquired Cunningham a year ago from the Memphis Grizzlies for guard Wayne Ellington.

Cunningham has played in 285 NBA games with the Timberwolves, Grizzlies, Charlotte Bobcats and Portland Trail Blazers. He has career averages of 6.2 points and 3.8 rebounds in 19.2 minutes per game.

Cunningham was a second round draft pick of the Trail Blazers in 2009.
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