Dante Cunningham gave the New Orleans Pelicans far more than anyone expected this season, averaging 5.2 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. More important than those middling numbers, however, was his ability to play multiple positions, both off the bench and in the starting lineup.
Cunningham's versatility on both ends allowed Pelicans head coach Monty Williams to tinker with different rotations, which made everybody's life much easier. Here's The Time-Picayune's John Reid with more on whether the Pelicans should re-sign the free agent-to-be, or pursue other options this summer:
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"Before Pondexter's and Cunningham's arrival, the Pelicans had problems with inconsistency at small forward among backups Darius Miller, John Salmons and Luke Babbitt…Cunningham provided high-energy, defensive play but averaged only 5.2 points in the regular season."
The most important variable here is Cunningham's price tag, which shouldn't be more than a veteran's minimum deal. On that contract he has value, and is definitely worth keeping. Anything higher and the Pelicans should consider cutting ties and seeking other, cheaper options on the open market.