Former Villanova Wildcats star Dante Cunningham has signed with the New Orleans Pelicans nearly 8 months after he was charged with felony domestic assault. Details of the contract were not immediately available. The news was first reported by Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe.
The #pelicans officially sign forward Dante Cunningham
— gary washburn (@GwashburnGlobe) December 4, 2014
Cunningham was arrested on charges of felony domestic assault in early April, and the while the investigation was ongoing the Minnesota Timberwolves allowed his contract to expire. Cunningham was cleared of all charges in August, but has since struggled to land a job as the sports world's image continues to suffer from domestic violence in multiple leagues.
The Pelicans were in need of forward depth, and have since stated that Cunningham will be available for tonight's game vs. Golden State. In his 5 season career in the NBA, Cunningham is averaging 6.2 ppg and 3.9 rebounds per game.
Update 12/5: Last night, Cunningham made his debut against Golden State. He came off the bench to provide 12 minutes and 2 points on 1-of-6 shooting. He also grabbed three rebounds and had one steal for his new team.