The San Antonio Spurs and Dante Cunningham have reportedly reached an agreement on a contract.
The San Antonio Spurs, aside from re-signing Davis Bertans, Bryn Forbes and Rudy Gay, had only signed one player — Marco Belinelli — from another organization. Otherwise, aside from the selections of Lonnie Walker IV and Chimezie Metu in the 2018 NBA Draft, the Silver and Black have a similar roster for the 2018-19 season.
On Monday, the Spurs appeared to add one more outside veteran, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski; It’s Dante Cunningham, on a one-year deal. Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News reported its worth of $2.5 million.
Cunningham spent the 2017-18 season with the New Orleans Pelicans and the Brooklyn Nets, averaging 5.7 points and 4.1 rebounds per game on 45.1 percent shooting and 34.5 percent from three-point range, which became the second highest mark of his career.
Prior to the midseason trade with Brooklyn, Cunningham spent the previous three years in New Orleans and also played for the Portland Trail Blazers, Charlotte Hornets (then Bobcats), Memphis Grizzlies and Minnesota Timberwolves.
On the Spurs, Cunningham may replace Kyle Anderson‘s role as a forward that can handle the three and four and stretch the floor when necessary. There’s a difference in defensive acumen, but at a smaller price to pay than the four years, $37.2 million that the Grizzlies gave Anderson, it could become a bargain buy for the Spurs.
If that’s the case, it leaves San Antonio with Bertans, Cunningham and Gay to handle the four next to LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol at center. That’s unless Gregg Popovich plans to start Aldridge and Gasol and opt for the athletic, versatile options later in games. The fluctuant Kawhi Leonard situation could impact this, as well, pending who joins the team via trade.
Cunningham brings the Spurs roster to 15 players. Manu Ginobili‘s potential retirement would bring it to 14. Brandon Paul, on a non-guaranteed deal, can take this group of players to 13. How will the 2018-19 squad continue to shape up?