Timberwolves trade Ellington, rumored to be interested in KirilenkoMinnesota Sports
-- The Timberwolves traded guard Wayne Ellington to the Grizzlies Tuesday in exchange for forward Dante Cunningham.
MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Timberwolves traded guard Wayne Ellington to the Grizzlies Tuesday in exchange for forward Dante Cunningham.
Ellington spent three seasons in Minnesota averaging six-and-a-half points and nearly two rebounds per game. Six-foot-eight Cunningham averaged just over five points and three-point-eight rebounds per game last season with Memphis. It is unclear whether the Wolves will keep Cunningham.
Minnesota is also reportedly pursuing former Utah Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko. Yahoo Sports is reporting the Wolves are part of a multi-team trade that would send swingman Wes Johnson to the Suns and Kirilenko to the Wolves. Thirty-one-year-old Kirilenko spent the lockout-shortened season in the Russian League. The Wolves have agreed to deals with Russian guard Alexei Shved, ex-Portland guard Brandon Roy and free-agent Celtics center Greg Stiensma.
The U.S. men's basketball team pulled away from Spain in the second half and cruised to a 100-78 victory in their final exhibition game. Carmelo Anthony led the Americans with 27 points and LeBron James added 25. Timberwolves forward Kevin Love scored two points and grabbed ten rebounds in 13 minutes of playing time. Lakers star Pau Gasol paced the home team with 19 points and five rebounds. Team USA opens the London Olympics Sunday against France.