Dante Cunningham

#33 PF / New Orleans Pelicans / EXP: 8YRS Height: 6-8 Weight: 230 lb Age: 30 College: Villanova

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  • Pelicans' Dante Cunningham: Starting Wednesday
    By RotoWire Staff

    Cunningham, as expected, will start Wednesday against the Grizzlies, Sean Kelley of the Pelicans Radio Network reports. Last season, Cunningham played 25.0 minutes per game but averaged just 6.6 points and 4.2 rebounds. So, even if he sees a significant bump in workload this season, it seems unlikely to translate into meaningful fantasy production.

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  • Cunningham is expected to serve as the Pelicans' starting small forward in their season opener Wednesday against the Grizzlies, Jim Eichenhofer of the Pelicans' official site reports. While Cunningham's starting assignment may be enough to lock him into a 20-plus-minute role to begin the season, don't expect him to deliver much in terms of fantasy value while he shares the court with high-usage players in Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins and Jrue Holiday. In his 35 starts in 2016-17, Cunningham averaged 6.8 points and 4.6 rebounds in 27.8 minutes per game. Tony Allen and Darius Miller will likely pick up most of the playing time at small forward when Cunningham is on the bench.

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  • Cunningham is expected to start at small forward for Tuesday's preseason opener against the Bulls. Cunningham re-signed with the Pelicans to a one-year, $2.3 million contract this summer and it appears he'll get the first shot to start alongside Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins in the frontcourt. Still, E'Twaun Moore and Tony Allen are likely still in the conversation and could rotate in as starters throughout the preseason schedule. It will be a competition to monitor throughout the exhibition slate though even if Cunningham earns a role in the top unit, he's still not the most intriguing fantasy option and would be the last option offensively behind the likes of Rajon Rondo, Jrue Holiday, Davis and Cousins.

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  • Cunningham agreed to a one-year, $2.3 million deal with the Pelicans on Tuesday, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports. Cunningham, who declined his $3.1 million player option for 2017-18 with the Pelicans, will end up re-signing with the team for less money. He was likely hoping for a more lucrative, long-term deal after shooting nearly 40 percent from beyond the arc last season, but seemingly struggled to find any suitors. Cunningham posted 6.6 points and 4.2 rebounds across 25.0 minutes per game last season in New Orleans and will probably see a similar workload during the upcoming 2017-18 campaign. Due to his role, he should be targeted in only deep fantasy leagues.

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  • Cunningham said Saturday that he intends to decline his player option for the 2017-18 season, Chris Haynes of ESPN reports. The decision doesn't come as much of a surprise considering Westbrook was set to make just over $3.1 million next season. The 30-year-old, who appeared in 66 games for New Orleans, will likely seek a longer-term deal as a free agent, and chances are he'll draw considerable interest after shooting nearly 40 percent from three in 2016-17.

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