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Memphis Grizzlies Press Release:

The Memphis Grizzlies acquired guard Wayne Ellington from the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for forward Dante Cunningham, Grizzlies General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Wallace announced today.

Ellington (6-4, 200) joins the Grizzlies with career averages of 6.1 points and 1.9 rebounds on .412 shooting (.376 three-point shooting) in 18.7 minutes in 189 games (13 starts) over three seasons with Minnesota. The 24-year-old posted 6.1 points and 1.9 rebounds in a career-high 19.1 minutes in 51 games (four starts) for the Timberwolves last season.

The Wynnewood, Penn. native was selected by Minnesota in the first round (No. 28 overall) of the 2009 NBA Draft after being named Most Outstanding Player of the 2009 NCAA Final Four and leading North Carolina to a national title. He earned All-ACC Tournament honors in each of his three collegiate seasons and finished his Tarheels career ranked second in UNC history with 229 made three-pointers.

Cunningham (6-8, 230) averaged 5.2 points and 3.8 rebounds on .516 shooting in 17.6 minutes in 64 games (five starts) for Memphis last season. The 25-year-old totaled eight points and 11 rebounds over 49 minutes during the Grizzlies’ seven-game series with the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs.

The Clinton, Md. native holds NBA career averages of 5.2 points and 3.3 rebounds on .485 shooting in 16.9 minutes in 205 games (25 starts) over three seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers, Charlotte Bobcats and Memphis. The Villanova product was selected by Portland in the second round (No. 33 overall) of the 2009 NBA Draft.

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12 Responses to Grizzlies Acquire Wayne Ellington

  1. ChrisNo Gravatar says:

    Welcome, Wayne! Best of Luck, Dante… you were Grit-n-Grind, personified.

  2. JoelNo Gravatar says:

    Man, Im gunna miss Dante.. I really had hoped we would keep him, But Welcome to the land Of Grit and Grind Wayne, I hope he gets a chance to be a good role player off the bench! GO GRIZZ!

  3. JoeMNo Gravatar says:

    4th string PF for a 2/3 string SG off the bench and possible 3 point threat? I will take it, sign Haddadi as an emergency big and we are in business.

  4. JoeMNo Gravatar says:

    Plus…we NEED shooters, even with Selby’s renaissance in Vegas. They can play whichever matches up better with the opponent that night/whoever gets hot. DEPTH is our strength…kinda reminds me of the Pistons when they won the title. I say kinda because I believe this team could be better…the core of Rudy, Z-Bo, Marc and Conley is every bit as good as Rasheed, Rip, Billups and Wallace, if not better.

  5. AndyNo Gravatar says:

    Whoa… Did you just compare us to the ’04 Pistons? Too far.. Chauncey was baller supreme back then, mike’s got nothing on his championship form. And zbo and Marc play great defense but they’re no Wallace boys. That was one of my favorite teams ever. Who’s our Lindsey Hunter or Antonio McDyess off the bench? The only position we have an advantage in is SF, but even that’s a narrow one given the team role Tayshaun was willing to accept even though it meant stepping out of the spotlight.

    We’re good but we ain’t that good

  6. JoeMNo Gravatar says:

    The comparison was more to the fact there’s no sure fire hall of famer than anything. Rasheed and Ben didn’t have the all around games that Marc and zbo do. Billups is definitely better than Conley, but outside of that it’s closer than you think. Also, speights/Arthur/bayless have the capability to be mcdyess or hunter.

    This team has the potential, IMO, to win a title the way those Pistons did. It comes down to Rudy and Zach playing well together. If that doesn’t happen, we make the conference semis and get dropped. However, if they can figure it out…anything is possible.

  7. JoelNo Gravatar says:

    it seems Minni is not planning on keeping Dante, I have read several reports saying that the T-Wolves are not planning on keeping him, and that they are trying to get rid of him ASAP. I feel bad for him, I hope everything gets resolved soon.

  8. JoeMNo Gravatar says:

    Get rid of as in…buy him out? Or trade him? If they want to waive him, let’s claim him back, that’d be pretty awesome.

  9. J FalkNo Gravatar says:

    As bad as I wanted to keep Cunningham around, we needed this to happen more. Ellington and Selby will fight for that backup 2 guard position(which should be a good competiton). They both have shown that they CAN be great shooters. This competition should further enhance their shooting; I see one of them becoming a solid 40% 3 pt shooter for us in the future(much better than OJ could have ever been). Also, this move should make a Mitchell Watt signing more likely.

  10. JoelNo Gravatar says:

    Joe: get rid of Dante meaning that they are trying to trade him to anyone who is even a little bit interested in him

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