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NBA notebook: Timberwolves forward Dante Cunningham charged with domestic assault

Associated Press

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Dante Cunningham was arrested early Thursday on allegations of domestic assault and was being held without bail pending charges while his team left for a two-game road trip in Florida.

Cunningham was booked into Hennepin County Jail just after 6 a.m. The woman involved in the incident at Cunningham’s suburban Minneapolis home did not require medical treatment.

The Timberwolves issued a statement saying they were aware of Cunningham’s arrest and were in the process of gathering more information.

The team will play the Miami Heat tonight and the Orlando Magic on Saturday.

Cunningham, 26, has been one of coach Rick Adelman’s most trusted bench players over the last two years and is the primary backup to Kevin Love at power forward.

In his fifth year in the league, Cunningham is averaging six points and four rebounds this season. He is set to become a free agent on July 1 after completing the final year of his contract that pays him $2.1 million this year.

In an unrelated move, the Timberwolves waived veteran point guard A.J. Price on Thursday. Price played sparingly in 28 games for the Wolves this season, averaging 1.6 points. He recently had an emergency appendectomy.

GINOBILI SITS — San Antonio Spurs reserve guard Manu Ginobili sat out Thursday against Oklahoma City, while Thunder center Kendrick Perkins returned.

Ginobili has missed 12 games since the All-Star break. When asked whether Ginobili was sitting because of an injury or to rest, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich simply said: “He’s out.” Ginobili averages 12.3 points and 4.4 assists per game.

Perkins missed 17 games with a left groin strain he suffered against the Miami Heat. He averages 3.4 points and 5.0 rebounds in just under 20 minutes per game.

ROOKIE WAIVED — The Chicago Bulls waived rookie forward Erik Murphy.

The 6-foot-10 Murphy appeared in 24 games and averaged just 2.6 minutes and averaged less than a point a game. He was a second-round draft pick from Florida in 2013.


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