Dante Cunningham of the Minnesota Timberwolves Arrested

Dante Cunningham

Dante Cunningham, a backup forward for the Minnesota Timberwolves was arrested on allegations of domestic assault in Wayzata, Minn. early Thursday morning. The woman involved with the alleged assault was reported to have not needed medical treatment.

This is not the first time Cunningham has been arrested. The 26-year-old forward was arrested in 2011 after being pulled over for allegedly driving recklessly and speeding. After being pulled over, officers found marijuana and a loaded BB gun in his vehicle.

Police arrived at the home where the alleged assault occurred around 4 a.m. where Dante Cunningham was reported to have left the scene after the incident and returned a short time later. The NBA player spoke with the officers at the home before they placed him under arrest. He was booked into jail early Thursday morning. The forward is being held without bail until being officially charged, which should come later Thursday.

While the Minnesota Timberwolves are holding back commenting on the arrest of Dante Cunningham, the team was preparing to leave for Miami for upcoming games against the Heat and Orlando Magic.

The Timberwolves organization is being very careful with what they say regarding the situation until facts and charges become more available. The team did say in a release that the organization takes the matter seriously and does not condone this type of behavior.

Cunningham’s contract with the Timberwolves ends on July 1st of next year. The team will wait for more details to become available about the current situation before they make any decisions on the future with the forward.

Cunningham has been averaging six points and four rebounds in just under 20 minutes a game for the Timberwolves this season. Prior to joining the Timberwolves, this 5th year player spent time with the Portland Trail Blazers, Charlotte Bobcats, and the Memphis Grizzlies.

Cunningham was a standout in high school. As a senior for Potomac High School in Washington D.C. the Washington Post named him the Metropolitan Player of the year, and the following year he headed to Villanova University.

In his senior year, he helped lead Villanova to the 2009 Final Four for the first time since 1985. He was also awarded the Big East Most Improved Player of the Year award the same year.

After being drafted by Portland, Cunningham was not a real standout player in the NBA until he came to Minnesota. After signing with the Timberwolves, the forward began to come into his own as a professional basketball player. He quickly became Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman’s go to bench players as a back up to starting power forward Kevin Love.

It is unclear for the arrested Dante Cunningham what the future will hold with the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Timberwolves have eight games left in their season and would just about need to a miracle to happen to join post season play. Winning their final eight games combined with two of the three teams ahead of them, Dallas, Memphis, and Phoenix losing the rest of their games would be the last chance for Minnesota.  Not having Cunningham on the bench will make it even harder.

Commentary by Carl Auer

Minnesota Timberwolves
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