Sources: Pelicans considering signing Dante Cunningham

Adrian WojnarowskiThe Vertical
Minnesota Timberwolves' Dante Cunningham (R) and Detroit Pistons' Will Bynum (12) reach for a rebound during the first half of their NBA pre-season basketball game in Winnipeg in this file photo from October 24, 2012. REUTERS/Fred Greenslade/Files
Minnesota Timberwolves' Dante Cunningham (R) and Detroit Pistons' Will Bynum (12) reach for a rebound during the first half of their NBA pre-season basketball game in Winnipeg in this file photo from October 24, 2012. REUTERS/Fred Greenslade/Files

Months after authorities dropped domestic assault charges against him, free agent forward Dante Cunningham could be returning to the NBA, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Cunningham, a 6-foot-8 forward, worked out for the New Orleans Pelicans over the weekend and the franchise is strongly consider signing him soon, sources said.

The NBA recently suspended Charlotte's Jeffrey Taylor 24 games after he plead guilty in a misdemeanor domestic assault case. Despite charges being dropped against Cunningham, it was immediately unclear if he faced any league discipline.

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New Orleans cleared two rosters spots on Sunday with the release of Darius Miller and Patric Young.

Cunningham, 27, has been working to clear his name with NBA executives since a domestic assault arrest in April in Minneapolis. As a member of the Timberwolves, Cunningham was charged with an assault on his then- girlfriend, but charges were eventually dropped and police found that his accuser’s story included falsehoods.

Cunningham was unsigned through the summer, and finally could be close to returning to the NBA with the Pelicans. New Orleans coach Monty Williams was an assistant coach with Cunningham with the Portland Trail Blazers and has been an advocate of his character. Cunningham, 27, has played five NBA seasons, including stops with the Blazers, Timberwolves, Memphis Grizzlies and Charlotte Bobcats.

Cunningham has averaged 6.2 points and 3.9 rebounds in his career. He was a second-round pick for Portland out of Villanova in 2009.

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